Abortion advocates launch bid to put constitutional amendment on ballot in Missouri

A coalition of abortion rights advocates launched an effort to put a measure on the ballot in the 2024 elections on Thursday asking voters to enshrine abortion rights into the Missouri Constitution.

The organization Missourians for Constitutional Freedom has until May to collect over 170,000 signatures from registered voters for the amendment language to be added to the November ballot.

Missouri has one of the strictest abortion prohibitions in the United States, with the only exception being to save a pregnant woman’s life.

The proposed amendment would add language to the state constitution to protect a patient’s rights in “all matters relating to reproductive health care” including pregnancy, miscarriage care, abortions, and “respectful birthing conditions.”

The legislature, under the amendment, would be able to impose certain restrictions on reproductive healthcare if they posed a “compelling
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