Michigan Elections Board Rejects Putting Measure for Abortions Up to Birth on November Ballot

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 31, 2022   |   6:24PM   |   Lansing, Michigan

The Michigan state elections board has rejected putting a measure for abortions up to birth on the November ballot after the current measure was exposed as having multiple errors and typographical mistakes.

Dozens of errors on a Michigan pro-abortion ballot measure, including gibberish like “DECISIONSABOUTALLMATTERSRELATINGTOPREGNANCY,” have pro-life advocates calling on state officials to disqualify it.

Two Republican board members voted against putting the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot while both of the Democrats voted for allowing it to move forward. Because of the deadlock, the case will go to the Michigan Supreme Court to decide. The Reproductive Freedom for All campaign, the pro-abortion group behind the radical measure, is expected to formally appeal the decision to the state’s highest court.

Tony Daunt, a Republican canvasser, said errors in some petition language were “egregious.”

“If what was circulated had come to us for review it would not have been approved,” Tony Daunt, the Republican chairman of the state election board said. “I have trouble understanding why we should let this one go.”

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.

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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.

Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children said the gibberish was not on the original petition that the Board of Canvassers approved, conditional on the removal of the second “the.”

“All they had to do was delete one word, and they instead messed around with their amendment text, creating gibberishcompoundwordslikethis. Incompetence,” the coalition wrote on Twitter.

Michigan is a major abortion battleground state. Pro-life Republicans control the state legislature, but pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer repeatedly has vetoed life-saving legislation. In July, Whitmer even vetoed $21.4 million in funding to support pregnant and parenting mothers who choose life for their babies. She faces pro-life candidate Tudor Dixon.

Michigan has a pre-Roe v. Wade law that protects unborn babies by banning abortions, but a judge recently blocked the law at the request of pro-abortion groups.

Nearly 30,000 unborn babies are aborted in Michigan every year.