Right to Life petition is dropped
Right to Life of Michigan said it won't contest the conclusion when the Board of State Canvassers meets Friday. The group’s president Barbara Listing said they will be focusing on the critical 2020 elections moving forwards.
The campaign was aimed at getting veto-proof legislation before the Republican-controlled Michigan House and Senate. 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.
Abortion-rights advocates say the procedure is safe and doctors should not face prosecution for using it.
Under Michigan law, an initiative goes to the Legislature if a group submits at least 340,047 valid signatures to the elections bureau. If lawmakers reject it, it goes on the statewide ballot for voters to decide.
In this case, the state said abortion opponents fell short. Although roughly 380,000 signatures were submitted, the elections bureau estimated that only about 333,000 were valid.
The abortion method targeted by Right to Life was used in 2,076, or 7.6%, of abortions in Michigan last year. It accounted for more than half of all second-trimester abortions, including 84% that were performed after the 16th week of pregnancy.