ST. LOUIS, MO — Today, Missouri Secretary of State John Ashcroft rejected two petitions filed by the ACLU of Missouri seeking a referendum vote on House Bill 126, a draconian eight week ban on safe, legal abortion passed by Governor Mike Parson in May. The referendum was the first step in bringing the anti-choice legislation before Missouri voters. Following the news, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Mallory Schwarz released the following statement:

“A majority of Missourians — 7 in 10 — support access to safe, legal abortion. In the last month alone, thousands of Missourians from across the state have spoken out and fought back against Governor Parson’s cruel attacks on choice. They’ve made their voices heard with one clear message: Missourians will not stand for a ban on essential abortion care — not now, not ever.”

“Aschcroft’s decision to reject a referendum that would bring House Bill 126 up for a vote is a calculated attempt to silence the pro-choice majority. He and the anti-choice extremists in the Missouri Legislature want to obstruct the people’s vote because they know that they will lose. But we see right through their cowardly attempts to rob Missourians of their constitutional rights to choose and to referendum. We stand in support of the ACLU of Missouri and will continue to fight back against attacks on reproductive freedom, and efforts to silence the voices of Missourians.”

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