Dr. Patricia Bernard Opposes Law Jailing Women, Doctors Over Abortion

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe, Bernard joins prominent Michiganders in opposing legislation that calls for the prosecution of women and doctors for performing or receiving abortions.

Dr. Patricia Bernard Opposes Law Jailing Women, Doctors Over Abortion

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

On June 24th, following the Supreme Court’s decision to erase a woman’s federally-assured right to an abortion, Republican lawmakers 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. If they succeed, both women and doctors could be sentenced to four years in prison for receiving or providing abortion care.

Furthermore, they have introduced legislation, House Bill No. 6270, which expands on the 91-year-old law and imposes additional prison sentences for healthcare providers of up to 10 years.

Dr. Patricia Bernard has joined state officials, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, in denouncing both pieces of legislation. Bernard says we need legislation that will protect Roe v. Wade in Michigan and opposes the 1931 law that bans the procedure even in cases of incest and rape.

Dr. Patricia Bernard Opposes Law Jailing Women, Doctors Over Abortion

Dr. Bernard is a self-described “serial entrepreneur” who is running for office in Michigan’s State House. Sheis a retired civilian employee of the Department of the Army, specializing in logistics.