Missouri court rules state abortion ban can be put to public vote

However, the clock is ticking to get enough signatures to place it on a ballot.

Michael Calhoun
July 09, 2019 - 2:54 am

ST LOUIS, MO - MAY 30: Jessica Piper, Veronica Hupp, and Ashlee Hendrix stand in front of Luther Ely Smith Park before a rally to protest the closure of the last abortion clinic in Missouri on May 30, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. In the wake of Missouri recent controversial abortion legislation, the states' last abortion clinic is being forced to close by the end of the week. Planned Parenthood is expected to go to court to try and stop the closing. (Photo by Jacob Moscovitch/Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY (KMOX) — A challenge to Missouri's new eight-week abortion ban is being allowed to go forward.

The effort was stopped by Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who rejected two petitions which would've put in the ban on the ballot.

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"What he was trying to do was to prevent us from collecting signatures at all and completely thwarting the referendum process, so the Court of Appeals says he can't do that."

ACLU of Missouri executive director Tony Rothert says 100,000 signatures need to be turned in by August 28th, in order to keep the abortion ban from becoming law.  Then, there'd likely be an election in 2020.

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But Rothert says with the time lost, he's not sure they'll be able to collect those signatures by the deadline.

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