The Michigan Supreme Court ruled today that a ballot measure allowing abortions up to birth will be allowed on the state ballot this November.
Dozens of errors on the Michigan pro-abortion ballot measure, including gibberish like “DECISIONSABOUTALLMATTERSRELATINGTOPREGNANCY,” have pro-life advocates calling on state officials to disqualify it. Although the Michigan state elections board rejected the measure, the state Supreme Court today ruled it must be allowed to get a vote.
Nearly 30,000 unborn babies are aborted in Michigan every year and approving the amendment would increase that number.
The state court decision comes one day after a local judge linked to Planned Parenthood overturned the state’s abortion ban.
By a 5-2 decision, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the Board of State Canvassers must certify a proposed constitutional amendment despite the alleged typographical issues. Chief Justice Bridget McCormack chastised board members and abortion rights opponents who suggested the space between words in a measure that garnered more than 750,000 signatures should be a fatal flaw.
The court needed to make its decision before Friday, when local clerks must finalize the candidates and issues appearing on the ballot. The General Election is Nov. 8, but absentee ballots go out to overseas and deployed voters on Sept. 24.
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“It falls to voters now to reject this mistake-ridden, extreme proposal on Election Day. We are confident that a majority will say No to Proposal 3,” said Christen Pollo, a spokesperson for a coalition opposing the amendment called Citizens to Support MI Women and Children.
Two Republican board members of the state board voted against putting the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot while both of the Democrats voted for allowing it to move forward.
The proposed constitutional amendment would overturn the abortion ban that is currently tied up in court but that would protect babies from abortions if allowed to be in force.
The pro-life coalition Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children found 60 errors on the petition circulated by the pro-abortion group Reproductive Freedom for All to place a pro-abortion amendment to the Michigan Constitution on the November ballot.
“Some people would say, ‘Oh, they’re just spaces,’ but amending the constitution is pretty serious business and the correct number of typos to put in your constitution is zero,” Christen Pollo, a spokeswoman for the pro-life coalition, told the Associated Press.
Most involve a lack of spaces between the words, creating “strings of gibberish” that make the proposed amendment “impossible to understand,” according to the coalition. Examples include “ALLEGEDPREGNANCYOUTCOMES,INCLUDINGBUTNOTLIMITEDTOMISCARRIAGE,STILLBIRTHORABORTION” and “DECISIONSABOUTALLMATTERSRELATINGTOPREGNANCY,” WNEM News 5 reports.
As a result, voters may not have understood what they were supporting when they signed the petition to place the proposal on the ballot.
The proposed amendment would legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions through all nine months of pregnancy and allow anyone, including people without any medical training, to “assist” with an abortion, according to the coalition. And while Michigan law requires parents to consent for a 12-year-old to have their tonsils removed, the amendment would make it so 12-year-old girls can have abortions — or be forced into them by abusers — without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
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