Michigan election board rejects abortion rights initiative

A woman holds a sign saying "stop abortion now," at a protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court...
A woman holds a sign saying "stop abortion now," at a protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on May 5, 2022, left, and another woman holds a sign during a news conference for reproductive rights in response to the leaked draft of the Supreme Court's opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, in West Hollywood, Calif., on March 3, 2022. For families divided along red house-blue house lines, summer's slate of reunions, group trips and weddings poses another exhausting round of navigating divides. The season opens at a time of conflict fatigue. Pandemic restrictions have melted away but gun control, the fight for reproductive rights, the Jan. 6 insurrection hearings, the bite of high inflation and a range of other issues prevail.(AP Photo)
Published: Aug. 31, 2022 at 5:24 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s state Board of Canvassers has rejected a ballot initiative seeking to enshrine abortion rights in the state’s constitution.

The state Board of Canvassers denied the initiative Wednesday after its two Republican members voted against putting the proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

Abortion rights supporters have seven business days to appeal the board’s decision to the state’s Democratic-leaning Supreme Court.

Michigan’s gubernatorial election is among the races that would be on the same ballot Nov. 8. Abortion has emerged as a significant issue in the race since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade in June.