Michigan Supreme Court orders abortion rights measure be put on November ballot

The court made the ruling one day before Michigan's ballot needs to be finalized.

Published: September 9, 2022 7:44am

Updated: September 9, 2022 8:54am

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that a measure to enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution must appear on the November ballot.

The court made the ruling Thursday, one day before Michigan's ballot needs to be finalized, according to CNN

The order directs the Board of State Canvassers to certify the petition as sufficient and eligible for placement on the ballot.

The issue went to the state's highest court after the board last week deadlocked 2-2 along party lines on whether to certify the ballot initiative.

The effort to get abortion rights enshrined through an amendment to the constitution and put the measure on the ballot is being led by the group Reproductive Freedom for All. 

Voters, pro-abortion groups and others across the country have tried to enshrine abortion rights in states since the Supreme Court in June struck down Roe v. Wade, the court decision roughly 40 years earlier that established the constitutional right to an abortion. 

Supporters of the amendment say it will block Michigan's 1931 abortion law, which bans all abortions except to save the mother's life, CNN also reports.

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