LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The Michigan Board of Canvassers voted unanimously on Friday morning to place an abortion-rights proposal on the November 8 ballot.
The Board of Canvassers obeyed a Thursday order from the Michigan Supreme Court which said the board must put the proposal on the ballot. That decision came one week after the board deadlocked on approving the ballot measure, citing grammar and spacing errors.
The Michigan Supreme Court ruling said, in part, that the Board’s duty with respect to petitions is “limited to determining the sufficiency of a petition’s form and content and whether there are sufficient signatures to warrant certification.’”
The proposal would, among other things, enshrine abortion up until the moment of birth in the Michigan Constitution.
Here is the wording:
A proposal to amend the state constitution to establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make all decisions about pregnancy; allow state to prohibit abortion in some cases; and forbid prosecution of individuals exercising established right
This proposed constitutional amendment would:
- Establish new individual right to reproductive freedom, including right to make and carry out all decisions about pregnancy, such as prenatal care, childbirth, postpartum care, contraception, sterilization, abortion, miscarriage management, and infertility;
- Allow state to prohibit abortion after fetal viability unless needed to protect a patient’s life or physical or mental health;
- Forbid state discrimination in enforcement of this right; prohibit prosecution of an individual, or a person helping a pregnant individual, for exercising rights established by this amendment; and invalidate all state laws that conflict with this amendment.
Should this proposal be adopted?
[ ] YES
[ ] NO
Michigan has been mired in a myriad of court battles over the right to a legal abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the landmark Roe v. Wade case and returned abortion regulations to the states.
A 1931 ban which allows the prosecution of abortion providers has not kicked in because judge have placed injunctions preventing the ban from taking effect.