Washington, DC — Nearly a dozen states are poised to put abortion on the ballot in 2024, with recent court decisions raising the stakes for abortion access across the country.

Earlier this week, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled to uphold an abortion ban from 1864, outlawing virtually all abortions in the state and allowing medical professionals who perform abortions to be prosecuted and imprisoned. The Arizona for Abortion Access campaign is currently collecting signatures to secure Arizonans’ right to make their own health care choices, and it has already collected more than half a million signatures — far exceeding the required amount with months before their deadline.

On April 1, after weeks of anticipation the Florida Supreme Court ruled to allow a ballot measure to protect abortion rights — led by the Floridians Protecting Freedom campaign — to go on the November 2024 ballot. The campaign collected more than 1 million signatures in order to qualify the measure, exceeding the requirement. In a separate decision, the court also paved the way for a near-total abortion ban to take effect within 30 days.

In Montana, politicians have repeatedly attempted to stymie a proposed ballot measure to secure abortion access, CI-128, but a court ruling on April 1 allowed the measure to move forward. The Montanans Securing Reproductive Rights campaign is expected to begin its signature collection drive in the coming days.

The Missourians for Constitutional Freedom campaign is also collecting signatures for their proposed 2024 measure. Meanwhile, state legislators are actively working to crack down on the ballot measure process and limit voters’ power to pass their own laws at the ballot box. They have proposed changes such as allowing a minority of voters to veto popular measures to undercut the will of voters at the ballot box.

“This November is shaping up to have the most abortion ballot measures ever in a single election. While courts and politicians continue to chip away at voters’ rights, millions of voters across the country are ready to turn out this November and secure their abortion rights,” said Fairness Project Executive Director Kelly Hall. “After the Dobbs decision, we saw that voters are extremely motivated to protect their reproductive rights at the ballot box —  and every time abortion rights have been on the ballot since then, they’ve won. The Fairness Project is proud to be deep in this work with ballot measure campaigns in their tireless work to let voters have a say.” 

The Fairness Project has contributed more than $7 million to reproductive rights ballot measures this cycle, and was previously involved in successful efforts to pass abortion-rights amendments in Ohio, Michigan, and Vermont.

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