Rep. Julie Brixie Slams 91-Year-Old Law Criminalizing Abortion, Jailing Women and Doctors

Michigan Republican lawmakers are seeking to enforce a law that could imprison women and doctors for up to four years for having or providing an abortion.

Rep. Julie Brixie Slams 91-Year-Old Law Criminalizing Abortion, Jailing Women and Doctors

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade allows every state the option of criminalizing and banning abortion without virtually any exceptions — even in the cases of rape and incest.

Now that Roe has been repealed, Michigan Republican lawmakers have gone to court to defend a 1931 law that could jail women and doctors for up to four years for having or providing an abortion. Some are even trying to enact stronger punishments for abortion, including 10-year sentences for doctors who perform the procedure.

Rep. Julie Brixie Slams 91-Year-Old Law Criminalizing Abortion, Jailing Women and Doctors

State Representative Julie Brixie says she is strongly opposed to any efforts to criminalize abortion in Michigan. Said Brixie: “I fully support those who’ve fought to safeguard Michiganders’ freedom and bodily autonomy. The energy and passion of this movement are an inspiration in these challenging times.”

Brixie says that we must preserve Roe v. Wade protections in Michigan and remove the 1931 abortion ban from the books. She says that abortion is a private medical decision that should be made by a woman and her doctor — not politicians.

Brixie is a member of the Michigan State House. Prior to that, she spent 18 years serving on the Meridian Township Board, first as a trustee and then as treasurer.