Rep. Angela Witwer Opposes Republican-Backed Bill Calling for “Lengthy Prison Sentences” for Women, Abortion Providers

Michigan Republican lawmakers propose new legislation to criminalize abortion.

Rep. Angela Witwer Opposes Republican-Backed Bill Calling for Lengthy Prison Sentences for Women, Abortion Providers

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Some Michigan Republican lawmakers are proposing a new law that could punish women seeking abortions, as well Michigan abortion providers, with jail sentences of up to 20 years.

According to the measure, doctors “performing any abortion deemed illegal” could receive a 10-year prison sentence, and “anyone manufacturing, selling, or distributing” medications that may induce abortions could receive a 20-year sentence. The measure would add additional punishments to the nearly 100-year-old state law that was unenforceable until the repeal of Roe v. Wade. The law can also be used to prosecute women who choose to end their pregnancies, including those resulting from rape or incest.

Rep. Angela Witwer Opposes Republican-Backed Bill Calling for Lengthy Prison Sentences for Women, Abortion Providers

State Rep. Angela Witwer, along with other Michigan Democrats, opposes the measures and thinks that abortion should be a private medical decision. The Michigan Court of Claims has issued a temporary injunction “to block enforcement of the state’s abortion ban.” And a Michigan coalition has also proposed a ballot measure that would enshrine abortion access in Michigan’s Constitution.

Rep. Witwer has worked in health care for 22 years, including as manager of pediatric rehabilitation at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She is serving her second term in the Michigan Legislature.