The following is a press release from Family Council Action Committee.

Little Rock, Ark. — On Wednesday, Family Council Action Committee announced it is organizing volunteers across the state to urge voters not to sign petitions for the Arkansas Abortion Amendment. The effort is part of the pro-life group’s “Decline to Sign” campaign.

Family Council Action Committee Executive Director Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This abortion amendment would write abortion into our state constitution, and it would jeopardize Arkansas’ laws against taxpayer-funded abortion. Most people probably do not realize that this amendment sets Arkansas up for taxpayer-funded abortions up to birth. This is a deeply flawed measure that has no business being on the ballot, and we are urging Arkansans to politely decline to sign the petition for the abortion amendment.”

Cox said his group is organizing volunteers to speak with voters about the amendment as they head to the polls for the March primaries. “Voters have a right to understand what this amendment would do, and polling places provide a great opportunity to interact with registered voters. That’s why we have prepared thousands of flyers and placards explaining the abortion amendment and encouraging people not to sign the petition to place it on the ballot. We are sharing this material right now online at and across the state, and we are working with volunteers to distribute these materials outside polling places and elsewhere in their communities.”

Cox believes that voters will choose not to sign the petition once they understand how far the abortion amendment would go. “This amendment is more extreme than Roe v. Wade, because it writes abortion into our state constitution. It legalizes abortion for the entire nine months of pregnancy, and revokes common sense abortion laws like informed-consent and parental consent requirements. It opens the door to abortions paid for with taxpayer dollars. It fails to require basic medical licensing or health and safety standards that protect women from dangerous abortion procedures, and it’s a law our elected representatives won’t ever be allowed to fix or change. Once voters understand that, we are confident they won’t go along with this radical abortion amendment.”

Supporters of the amendment must gather 90,704 petition signatures from registered voters by July 5 in order to be eligible for the ballot. Family Council Action Committee’s “Decline to Sign” campaign will encourage Arkansas voters not to sign the petition this spring and summer.

Family Council Action Committee is a conservative 501(c)(4) organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas.