The Massachusetts Alliance to Stop Public Funding of Abortion was founded in 2015 with the goal of stopping taxpayer subsidized abortions in Massachusetts. The Alliance’s Chairman is Attorney Thomas M. Harvey.
On July 24, 2019, the Alliance filed its initiative petition with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. The petition, signed by twelve registered voters, seeks to amend the constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by adding the sentence: “Nothing in this constitution requires the public funding of abortion.”
Once the Attorney General approves the petition, we will need to collect 80,239 certified signatures between early September and mid-November of 2019. To obtain 80,239 certified signatures, we will need to collect 120,000 raw signatures between mid-September and mid-November of 2019.
If those signatures are obtained, the petition can then be advanced to be voted upon by a joint session of the state legislature. If ¼ of the legislature votes in favor of the petition, then it is advanced to the next elected legislature where it again must receive ¼ of the vote. Assuming a favorable vote is received, the matter would then be placed on the ballot to be voted upon in the November 2022 statewide election.
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