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Organizers of MI abortion rights petition ready for final push

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Representatives of Planned Parenthood of Michigan say they’re confident they’ll reach the signature threshold needed to ask voters in November to guarantee the right to an abortion statewide.

Planned Parenthood spokesperson Ashlea Phenicie says they’ve seen a surge of support and donations since the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade Friday. She says a petition initiative will likely surpass the required 425,000 signatures needed to get on the general election ballot.

If approved by voters, the measure would codify access to abortion and contraceptives in the state Constitution.

“We know that a clear majority of Michiganders want abortion to remain safe and legal in Michigan.”

Phenicie says organizers are anticipating the petition will be scrutinized by anti-abortion advocates.

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