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Petitions for anti-abortion could be on 2020 ballot

Posted at 5:48 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 07:10:17-04

LANSING, Mich. — Two petition drives against abortion could get approval to start collecting signatures Wednesday.

The State Board of Canvassers will rule on if the wording of the proposals are clear enough to begin petitioning.

One petition is from the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition and it wants to ban abortions after about six weeks, which is when a fetal heartbeat is usually detectable.

In a second petition from Right to Life it wants to ban dismemberment abortions.

Both of these petitions include exceptions for the mothers health.

If the board approves the petitions, the groups will be able to collect signatures to get the proposals on the 2020 ballot.

The Board of Canvassers are expected to use new guidelines given by the State Bureau of Elections last Monday.

The guidelines are in response to last month's opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel that declared several parts of a law adopted last year as unconstitutional.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said she will veto any legislation that restricts access to abortion.

The Board of Canvassers are set to meet at 10 a.m.

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