Montana Supreme Court moves abortion measure closer to the ballot

The Montana Supreme Court rejected state Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s assessment that a proposed ballot initiative regarding a right to abortion was legally insufficient, putting it one step closer to going before voters.

In a 6-1 decision on Monday, the justices of the court ruled that Knudsen “erred” in his decision, which claimed the proposed ballot initiative, denoted as CI-14 by the state Secretary of State, violated the state constitution, regarding parts not allowing a unified vote on multiple changes to the state constitution, and would confuse voters.

“CI-14 effects a single change to the Montana Constitution on a single subject: the right to make decisions about one’s own pregnancy, including the right to abortion,” the justices said in the majority opinion. “If CI-14 is placed on the ballot, voters may ultimately agree or
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