Group aiming to end dismemberment abortions in Michigan abandons petition drive

Posted at 10:34 AM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 10:49:21-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Right to Life of Michigan said Tuesday it will abandon its petition drive to end dismemberment abortions in the state.

The group said it will not challenge the Bureau of Elections' recommendation they did not have enough valid signatures on the Michigan Values Life petition drive.

In all, they needed 340,047 signatures from registered voters in Michigan. They submitted 380,070, but the bureau said there were several issues with some including torn sheets, signatures from people who weren't registered to vote, duplicate signatures and other mistakes.

"Our volunteers did an excellent job, but the bulk of the errors were things beyond our control, specifically people not knowing their voter registration status or forgetting they already signed the petition," the group said in a statement.

Now, the group said they will focus on the 2020 elections.