Bay City Commissioner Kristen McDonald Rivet Opposes Law to Jail Women, Doctors for Abortion

Rivet is denouncing efforts to make women what she calls “second class citizens” by making abortion under virtually any circumstances a felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

Bay City Commissioner Kristen McDonald Rivet Opposes Law to Jail Women, Doctors for Abortion

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

The Supreme Court’s June 24th decision to overturn Roe v Wade gives state legislators across the country the power to criminalize abortion. In Michigan, a 91-year old law could make the abortion under virtually any circumstances a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

Bay City Commissioner Kristen McDonald Rivet Opposes Law to Jail Women, Doctors for Abortion

Republican legislators in the Michigan State House have gone to the Michigan Supreme Court to support enforcement of the 1931 state law that ensures that women and doctors can be prosecuted for receiving or performing the procedure.

Bay City Commissioner Kristen McDonald Rivet is joining fellow Michigan state officials, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, to oppose these efforts.

“Michigan should be a state where every person has the ability to live, work, thrive, and raise a family on their own terms”, Rivet said in a statement following the Supreme Court decision. “We shouldn’t be a state where women and girls are second class citizens, with reproductive experiences forced on them by politicians.”

Rivet says Michigan needs to overturn the 1931 law that bans the procedure – even in cases of incest and rape – and to restore the protections under Roe v. Wade.

Rivet, who is running for Michigan State Senate, is currently serving as City Commissioner, 2nd Ward, in Bay City. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, and has previously served as Chief of Staff in Michigan’s Department of Education.