Amarillo may become more embroiled in abortion rights than it wanted.

 Anti-abortion activists in Amarillo say they have collected enough signatures — more than 10,000 — to force the City Council to reconsider a policy that would outlaw using local streets to access an abortion in other states.

They submitted the petition to the city last week.

If they were successful in getting the required number of signatures the city secretary must validate the signatures and the council would be required to take up the issue early this summer.

However, it may come down to voters, The council can accept, reject, or amend the ordinance presented to them. Depending on the council’s decision, the residents behind the signature gathering can demand the issue go to the voters.