Councilman John Fitzgerald: I Oppose Bill to Jail Women, Doctors Over Abortion
After the fall of Roe, Fitzgerald joins prominent Michiganders in opposing plans to criminalize women and doctors for performing abortions.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Following the June 24th Supreme Court decision that invalidated a woman’s federally-assured right to an abortion, Republicans in the Michigan State House have gone to court to defend a 1931 state law that would criminalize the procedure without exception in the Great Lakes State.
Should the State GOP’s effort prevail, both women and doctors could be sentenced to four years in prison for receiving or providing abortion care.
Furthermore, some Republican lawmakers have put forward legislation expanding on the 91-year-old law that would lengthen prison sentences for healthcare providers to 10 years.
Councilman John Fitzgerald has joined other officials, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in decrying the plan.
He says Michiganders should oppose the 1931 law that bans the procedure, even in cases of incest and rape.
Since 2020, Fitzgerald has served as Wyoming, Michigan’s Council Member-At-Large and is running for the Michigan State House. In addition to his work on the council, Fitzgerald serves as the West Michigan Community Board Chair for Ele’s Place, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for grieving children and their families.