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Right to Life petition drive being dropped

Barbara Listing
Posted at 8:59 AM, Jul 22, 2020

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Abortion opponents say they’re dropping a petition drive to prohibit a second-trimester procedure in Michigan.

State election officials said the campaign didn’t produce enough valid signatures.

Right to Life of Michigan says it won’t contest the conclusion when the Board of State Canvassers meets Friday.

Abortion opponents want to outlaw dilation and evacuation in most instances, a procedure in which a fetus is removed in pieces with a surgical instrument.

Under Michigan law, an initiative goes to the Legislature if advocates submit at least 340,000 valid signatures. But in this case, the state elections bureau said many signatures were disqualified.