Above: Pro-lifers gather at the capitol as petitions for the abortion amendment are delivered to the Secretary of State in this file photo from July 5, 2024.

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

On Wednesday the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office disqualified the petitions for the Arkansas Abortion Amendment due to the petitions’ failure to identify paid canvassers by name as required by state law.

Family Council Action Committee Executive Director Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “This is good news. The people who supported this amendment ran an aggressive petition campaign. But Arkansas law is very specific about how petition signatures are supposed to be collected and submitted. The Secretary of State has made the right decision by disqualifying these petitions that did not comply with the law. We appreciate the Secretary of State’s diligence in reviewing these petitions and commitment to upholding state law.”

Cox said he is confident the abortion amendment would not have passed even if it reached the ballot. “Over the past several weeks we have seen a groundswell of pro-life opposition against the abortion amendment. Arkansans do not support abortion on demand, and that is what this amendment would have brought to Arkansas. This amendment would have legalized abortion for any reason during the first five months of pregnancy and abortion up to birth in many cases. The amendment did not include any medical licensing or health and safety standards for abortion. Those are fatal flaws, and I am confident Arkansans would have rejected the amendment had it made it to the ballot.”