Appeals Court Rules Against Ashcroft's Summaries of Abortion Rights Initiatives

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Corte de Apelaciones resuelve contra “resúmenes” de Aschroft en materia de iniciativas populares sobre aborto

Appeals Court Rules Against Ashcroft's Summaries of Abortion Rights Initiatives

A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that summary statements for abortion rights ballot initiatives were biased. At issue were ballot summaries prepared by the Secretary of State’s office for multiple petitions seeking to roll back Missouri’s pro-life laws. The Western District Court of Appeals affirmed in part a prior ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem that found the summaries were “argumentative” or did not “fairly describe the purposes or probable effect of the initiative.” As part of that ruling, the circuit court certified new summaries for the petitions. The appeals court ruled that the circuit court did not exceed its authority in drafting new summary statements, but did fail to address all of the provisions in each of the initiatives. As such, the appellate court certified alternative summary statements. 

In a press release after the verdict, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft vowed to appeal the ruling. “Once again Missouri courts refused to allow the truth to be known,” stated Ashcroft. “Not only is the language misleading but it is categorically false.”

To read Secretary of State Ashcroft’s full statement, please click here.
 

Corte de Apelaciones resuelve contra “resúmenes” de Aschroft en materia de iniciativas populares sobre aborto

El martes, una corte de apelaciones de Missouri confirmó la sentencia de un tribunal inferior, declarando que las formulaciones resumidas que aparecerían en las consultas populares vinculantes en materia de aborto eran tendenciosos y, por tanto inadmisibles. El asunto gira en torno al fraseo que la oficina del Secretario de Estado había propuesto para la pregunta de si ciertas leyes pro-vida de Missouri deben derogarse o no, pregunta que aparecería en las boletas los próximos comicios.

En primera instancia, el juez Jon Beetem determinó que dichas formulaciones resumidas “no describen de manera objetiva los propósitos o posibles efectos de la iniciativa”. Como parte de la sentencia, la corte de apelaciones certificó formulaciones resumidas alternativas.

Tras el veredicto, el Secretario de Estado de Missouri, Jay Ashcroft, emitió un comunicado de prensa en el que se compromete a impugnar la resolución de la Corte de Apelaciones. “Una vez más, las cortes de Missouri se negaron a que la verdad se supiera [...] El lenguaje empleado no solo es engañoso, sino que es categóricamente falso”, declaró Ashcroft.

November 3, 2023 - 12:29pm

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