Abortion Issues Fails to Make November Ballot

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A group that wants to make abortion illegal in Michigan has failed to collect enough signatures to qualify its issue for the November ballot.

Michigan Citizens for Life needed to turn in more than 317 thousand signatures of valid state voters to elections officials by Monday.

The group wants to change the state constitution to legally define a person as existing from the moment of conception.

If successful, the initiative could have sparked a legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

Michigan Citizens for Life leaders said the group's focus will now shift to the future, including a possible petition drive next year.