A coalition of Florida abortion rights supporters on Friday announced they have gathered enough signatures to put a state constitutional amendment protecting the right to an abortion on the ballot in 2024.
Election officials have verified 910,946 petitions submitted by Floridians Protecting Freedom, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.
The group said it needed 891,523 verified petitions to make it on the ballot. They said they expect to receive official notification from the Florida Division of Elections in the coming weeks.
The fact that we only launched our campaign eight months ago and weve already reached our petition goal speaks to the unprecedented support and momentum there is to get politicians out of our private lives and health care decisions, said campaign director Lauren Brenzel.
Most initiative campaigns never make it this far. The ones that do usually spend far more or take much longer to qualify, which is why were so confident that voters will approve our amendment once theyre given a chance to vote, Brenzel added.
The Florida Supreme Court still must approve the language of the ballot measure which is being challenged by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.
The proposed amendments reads, No law shall prohibit, penalize, delay, or restrict abortion before viability or when necessary to protect the patients health, as determined by the patients healthcare provider.
In a legal brief filed in October, Moody asked the Court to kill the amendment, arguing the language is vague and confusing.
Moody argued that it uses language aimed at tricking voters. The brief specifically takes aim at terms like health, viability and healthcare provider and says they are too ambiguous.
Oral arguments are scheduled on February 7 in front of the Florida Supreme Court.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, appointed five of the seven justices on the current court, giving it a conservative majority.
Should the measure make it on the ballot and be approved by at least 60% voters, the amendment would undo Floridas current 15-week ban on abortions. In 2023, lawmakers passed a 6-week ban, which will only go into effect if the 15-week ban is upheld by the Florida Supreme Court.