Michigan Supreme Court clears abortion measure for November ballot

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a ballot measure on the state’s abortion restrictions can be voted on in November.

The 5-2 ruling allows the Michigan Right to Reproductive Freedom initiative to appear on the ballot, which activists hope will boost Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reelection bid by fueling Democratic enthusiasm. It failed to make the ballot during an Aug. 30 Michigan Board of State Canvassers vote that deadlocked 2-2 along party lines.

The measure, if it passes, would cement “the right to make and effectuate decisions about all matters relating to pregnancy, including but not limited to prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion care, miscarriage management, and infertility care” into the state constitution. The group that introduced it seeks to overturn a nearly century-old law that outlaws abortion in all cases except when the mother’s life is at risk.

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