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Montana Supreme Court allows abortion ballot proposal to proceed

The ruling says Attorney General Austin Knudsen erred in finding the proposal for the 2024 ballot ‘legally insufficient.’

After two months of litigation and consideration, the Montana Supreme Court on Monday overruled the state attorney general’s January finding that a constitutional initiative to explicitly protect abortion rights is “legally insufficient,” resolving one of many obstacles to the proposal being placed before voters on the November ballot.

The ruling, signed by six of the court’s seven justices and authored by Justice Ingrid Gustafson, found that the proposal submitted last fall by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana did not improperly “logroll” distinct subjects together and that Attorney Gen...

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