LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan election committee placed an abortion rights proposal in the fall ballot on Friday, obeying an order from the highest court in the state and closing a record-breaking petition campaign trying to change the state constitution.
The amendment would affirm Michigan’s right to make pregnancy-related decisions without interference, including abortion and other reproductive services such as birth control.
The Michigan Supreme Court ordered the Board of State Solicitors a day earlier to put him on the November 8 ballot. The board, made up of two Democrats and two Republicans, killed the proposal in a tie vote last weekGOP members siding with abortion opponents who said the petition had incorrect or no spacing between certain words.
Chief Justice Bridget McCormack derisively called it “a game of gotcha gone horribly wrong.” She said the words were legible and in the correct order.
Supporters had submitted more than 750,000 signatures, easily crossing the minimum threshold and setting a record for a ballot initiative in Michigan.
Abortion remained legal in the state even after the United States Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade. A 1931 law that criminalizes most abortions was suspended by a judge last spring and ruled unconstitutional this week.
But this decision can be appealed. If the voters approve the constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to abortion, any legal fight would be pointless.
A poll released this week by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV showed abortion and women’s rights were the top issues motivating Michigan residents to vote in November, ahead of inflation, education and the economy. . The poll showed a majority of likely voters supporting the amendment protect the right to abortion.
White reported from Detroit.
Joey Cappelletti is a member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on underreported issues.