Signature deadline for initiative seeking to ban late-term abortions is extended

A Denver District Court has granted an emergency motion to extend a circulation deadline for a group seeking a ballot initiative to ban late-term abortions in Colorado.

Due Date Too Late will resume gathering petition signatures for Initiative 120 after the state lifts its emergency stay-at-home order related to COVID-19, the group said in Thursday news release.

On March 4, the group submitted 137,624 signatures to the Colorado secretary of sate, who has until Friday to report a line-by-line count of petition signatures.

“If the hand-count shows that the petition meets or exceeds 124,632 valid signatures, Initiative 120 would be approved for the Nov. 3 ballot,” the release said.

If the signature count falls short, Due Date Too Late will have a 15-day cure period to gather more signatures after the state’s stay-at-home order expires. The stay was approved by District Judge Martin Egelhoff.

Initiative 120, if passed by voters, would prohibit abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks of gestation, with exception of measures to save the life of the mother.

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