The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a proposed constitutional amendment on abortion rights must appear on the November ballot, despite typographical issues that opponents hoped would derail the measure.

The ruling, the court's first dealing with abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the national constitutional right to an abortion afforded under Roe v.

Wade, means Michiganders will have the chance to explicitly enshrine abortion rights in the state Constitution when they cast their ballots this fall.

By a 5-2 decision, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the Board of State Canvassers must certify the proposed constitutional amendment despite the alleged typographical issues.

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack chastised board members and abortion rights opponents who suggested the space between words in a measure that garnered more than 750,000 signatures should be a fatal flaw.

"The challengers have not produced a single signer who claims to have been confused by the limited-spacing sections in the full text portion of the proposal," McCormack wrote.

"They would disenfranchise millions of Michiganders not because they believe the many thousands of Michiganders who signed the proposal were confused by it, but because they think they have identified a technicality that allows them to do so, a game of gotcha gone very bad," the judge added

Justices Richard Bernstein, Elizabeth Clement, Megan Cavanagh and Elizabeth Welch joined McCormack in the majority.

All but Clement were nominated by Democrats. Republican-nominated Justices Brian Zahra and David Viviano voted against putting the measure on the ballot.