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November 05, 1987

The Michigan Supreme Court sided with pro-choice groups and ruled that a ban on state-funded abortions for poor women will not take effect until next spring. In a 5-1 decision, the justices ruled in Lansing that the ban needed a two-thirds vote in each chamber of the Legislature to take effect immediately. The Senate approved the initiative 30 to 6 on June 17, and the House passed it 66 to 41 on June 23. Anti-abortion forces had argued that a two-thirds vote was not necessary because the legislation was generated by voter initiative.

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