Missouri Initiative Petition Crackdown Thwarts Referendum On Abortion??!

Here's a bit of Missouri speculation in a showdown that would boost the fortunes of activists, organizers and consultants on both sides of the aisle . . .

Elected officials rushed to make Missouri the first state to ban abortion outright on the same day in June that the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision. But an August poll from St. Louis University found that 48% of Missouri voters would support a reversal of the ban, and an additional 13% of voters were undecided. That dynamic has abortion rights supporters in Missouri and elsewhere eyeing the possibility of placing potential initiative petitions on a 2024 statewide ballot to enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution.

It also has lent urgency to longstanding efforts by conservative lawmakers to make it harder for citizens to enact laws and amend the state constitution through the initiative petition process.

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Citizen initiatives are popular in Missouri. Some lawmakers want to make them harder to pass

The proposed changes aren’t exclusive to Missouri. Peverill Squire, a political science professor at the University of Missouri, said similar propositions are popping up across Republican-led states.