Michigan governor sues to secure abortion rights, lift restrictions

Lansing, Mich. (AP) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed suit Thursday to protect abortion rights, a Michigan court asked to recognize abortion rights under the state’s constitution and to end a 176-year-old ban in the state which can be effective. If the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling is empty.

The Democratic governor’s preemptive lawsuit, which was filed in Oakland County against prosecutors in 13 counties with abortion clinics, led the conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court to ask states to ban abortion very early in pregnancy and potentially reverse the right. Consider allowing.

The governor, who is set to be re-elected this year, was expected to request that the Michigan Supreme Court take the case quickly, rather than wind it through lower hearings and appellate courts. A favorable decision may enable abortions to continue in Michigan following the Federal High Court’s ruling.

“It was important for us to take action now, to make sure women and providers across the state of Michigan know that abortion will still be available in the state as it affects their lives and the practices of our health care providers. It is important that we take this action to protect and ensure that the Michigan Constitution protects this right that has been available to us for 49 years,” Whitmer told the Associated Press, adding that nearly 2.2 million women have a safe, legal medical procedure. Access may be lost.

Michigan is one of eight states with an unenforced abortion ban, which was implemented prior to the 1973 Roe decision, which legalized abortion nationwide. States on both sides of the abortion issue have taken a variety of steps to prepare to eliminate or repeal the row.

Michigan’s 1931 law, which dates back to the 1846 ban, makes it a felony for a woman to use a device or administer any substance with the intention of “procurement of abortion,” unless her life not necessary to preserve it.

Whitmer wants the Michigan Supreme Court to declare abortion a state constitutional right and strike down a 1931 law that could go back into effect if Row is overturned or weakened. The suit argues that the law is invalid under the due process and equal protection clauses of the state constitution.

Michigan may soon be left with an almost complete ban without exceptions for rape and incest — “one of the most extreme laws in the country,” Whitmer said. His call to repeal the law went nowhere in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The state’s high court has four Democratic and three Republican judges.

When the federal High Court delivers its ruling on Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, Whitmer will ask the court to intervene to avoid legal uncertainty.

The complaint says that after the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that Roe limited the effect of the state ban, abortion rights have been weakened in more than 50 years of litigation in federal courts. The High Court of the state has not said whether the constitution of the state protects the rights. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in 1997 that abortion has no constitutional right—the Michigan Supreme Court must act immediately, according to its office.

The lawsuit points to “substantial ambiguity” about what the state prohibits.

Abortion rights advocates have launched a ballot campaign to insulate the right to abortion in the state’s constitution, but the initiative on the November ballot requires nearly 425,000 voter signatures.

Also on Thursday, seven Democratic county prosecutors named in the trial pledged not to enforce the anti-abortion law.

Elected prosecutors in Wayne, Oakland, Genesee, Washington, Ingham, Kalamazoo and Marquette counties said, “We do not support criminalizing reproductive freedom or creating unsafe, unsustainable conditions for health care providers and those seeking abortion in our communities.” can do.” “Instead, we will continue to devote our limited resources to the prosecution of serious crimes and the pursuit of justice for all.”

The other six elected prosecutors who were prosecuted are Republicans.


Associated Press writer Corey Williams in West Bloomfield, Michigan contributed to this report.


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