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Campaign petitions for abortion rights to be put in Michigan Constitution

Planned Parenthood plans to spend at least $45 million backing candidates in local, state and national races who support abortion rights.
Planned Parenthood plans to spend at least $45 million backing candidates in local, state and national races who support abortion rights.

Abortion rights advocates have taken an early step toward amending the state constitution to guarantee abortion rights are protected. That’s if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the US Supreme Court.

The campaign submitted petition language for an amendment that would supersede a dormant state law that would outlaw most abortions.

“It would preserve every individual’s right constitutionally to make the very personal decision about reproductive health care, including abortion,” said Nicole Stallworth, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

Genevieve Marnon with Right to Life of Michigan says abortion rights opponents would put up a fight. “We will work really hard to make sure that legal protection for the unborn is achieved. Whatever that looks like I’m not sure yet,” she says.

That could include legal challenges or a competing ballot campaign.