Commissioner Denise Mentzer Slams Legislation That Jails Women, Doctors Over Abortion
With the Supreme Court’s June ruling that invalidated Roe v. Wade, some in Michigan have mobilized to criminalize abortion without exception, meaning that women and their doctors could land in jail for up to four years.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
June 24th saw the US Supreme Court’s dismantling of the almost 50-year-old precedent that protected a woman’s right to an abortion. Michigan Republican lawmakers have been in court defending a 1931 state law criminalizing abortion and that would send women who seek such procedures and the doctors who perform them behind bars for up to four years.
In April, Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed a pre-emptive lawsuit against the law, thereby delaying a total ban on the procedure. But Republican state lawmakers are fighting the case and some have proposed a new law that would impose even harsher penalties on doctors who perform abortions, lengthening potential prison sentences to 10 years.
Commissioner Mentzer has joined Governor Whitmer in denouncing the legislation and has affirmed her support for the protections under Roe v. Wade.
She has vowed to overturn the 91-year-old law that bans abortions, saying that an abortion is a private decision to be made between a woman and her doctor without the interference of politicians in Lansing.
Commissioner Mentzer, who is running for the Michigan House of Representatives in the 61st District, has served the City of Mount Clemens for over eight years and has worked as a Senior Buyer with Macomb County for the last five.