Ashcroft Rejects Referendums To Abortion Bill

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said today [Thursday] he rejected two referendum petitions that would repeal certain parts of the abortion bill.

The proposed referendums, which would have been put to a vote of the people, were seeking to repeal parts of the law that would impose penalties on abortion providers, classify Missouri as a “sanctuary of life” state, and prohibit women from getting abortions for certain specified reasons.

The recently-passed law bans abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy and does not allow exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

The bill is set to take effect on August 28 unless blocked in court.

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