Missouri high court asked to strike down rules that stymied vote on abortion law

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The Kansas City Star

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Supreme Court will decide whether Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft unconstitutionally delayed an attempt by abortion rights groups to challenge the state’s restrictive 2019 abortion ban with a public vote. The groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, attempted to put a repeal of the new law, which criminalizes abortion at eight weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, on the 2020 statewide ballot. But by the time Ashcroft’s office approved the measure for gathering of the required 100,000 signatures, two weeks…

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