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Organizers of Michigan abortion rights petition ready for final push

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Representatives of Planned Parenthood of Michigan say they're confident they'll reach the signature threshold needed to ask voters in November to guarantee the right to an abortion statewide.

But they're not taking their foot off the pedal just yet.

Planned Parenthood spokesperson Ashlea Phenicie says they've seen a surge of support and donations since the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday. She says a petition initiative will likely surpass the required 425,000 signatures needed to get on the general election ballot.

If approved by voters, the measure would codify access to abortion and contraceptives in the state Constitution.

Phenicie says organizers are anticipating the petition will be scrutinized by anti-abortion advocates. "We know that a clear majority of Michiganders want abortion to remain safe and legal in Michigan," she says.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.