Arkansas election officials reject petitions submitted for abortion rights ballot measure –

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas election officials have rejected petitions submitted for an abortion-rights ballot measure. The secretary of state’s office said Wednesday that organizers of the measure failed to submit required documentation about the paid canvassers they used. The groups submitted more than 101,000 signatures as of Friday. The measure would have banned laws prohibiting abortion in the first 20 weeks of gestation and allowed abortion later in pregnancy in cases of rape, incest, threats to the woman’s health or life, or if the fetus was unlikely to survive birth. Arkansas’s abortion ban took effect when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade two years ago.


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