Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt Fights Law to Jail Women, Doctors Following “Devastating Reversal” of Roe v Wade
Klinefelt joins state officials in condeming plans to make abortion a felony under any circumstances, punishable by up to 4 years in prison.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
The Supreme Court’s June 24th decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health ends federal abortion rights, and leaves the door open for state legislators across the country to criminalize the procedure. In Michigan, a 91-year old law could make abortion a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison.
Republican legislators in the Michigan State House have gone to the Michigan Supreme Court to defend the 1931 state law, which exposes “anyone who provides an abortion, as well as the person who takes medications to end their own pregnancy” to prosecution and imprisonment for up to four years.
Some have pledged to go even further, proposing legislation to expand the 91-year-old law and increase prison sentences for healthcare providers to 10 years.
Macomb County Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt is joining fellow Michigan officials, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, to “fight back” against these efforts and ensure the decision stays between women and their doctor.
“This devastating reversal of Roe strips women of their fundamental right to choose,” Klinefelt said in a statement following the Supreme Court decision.
Klinefelt says Michigan needs legislation that will assure the right to an abortion and that overturns the 1931 law that bans the procedure even in cases of incest and rape.
Klinefelt, who is running for Michigan State Senate, is currently serving her second term on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, where she represents residents of Eastpointe, Grosse Pointe Shores, St. Clair Shores and Warren.