Bloomfield Township Trustee Stephanie Fakih Opposes GOP-Backed Anti-Abortion Bill That Could Jail Women, Doctors
Legal experts say that if Republican legislators get their way, women could be imprisoned for up to four years for having an abortion.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Bloomfield Township Trustee Stephanie Fakih has come out strongly against Republican legislators’ efforts defending a law that would criminalize all abortion in Michigan, even in cases of rape and incest. Fakih says she believes that abortion is a private medical decision between women and their doctors and that politicians should not interfere with it.
The Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade revokes the Constitutional right to abortion. That means that every state will be allowed to criminalize or ban abortion without any exceptions.
Michigan law currently includes an abortion ban, dating back to 1931, that would send women and doctors to prison for up to four years for having or providing an abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. The ban was unenforceable when Roe was in place. But now that Roe has been overturned, Michigan Republican lawmakers have gone to court to enforce the ban.
And Michigan GOP legislators say that if they keep their House and Senate majorities in November, they will pass a law requiring even more severe punishments for abortion, including 10-year prison sentences for doctors who perform the procedure and 20-year prison sentences for anyone who manufactures or distributes medication intended to induce abortion.
Trustee Fakih says a top priority needs to be restoring the protections provided by Roe and overturning the 1931 law criminalizing abortion.
Fakih is a lawyer who received her BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her JD from Fordham University School of Law in New York City. She uses her professional experience to help educate young people by serving as a mentor to Michigan students interested in legal and government careers and by volunteering as a judge in high school and law school mock trial competitions.