Rep. Padma Kuppa: We Must Fight Law Jailing Women, Doctors for Abortion Care

Kuppa joins state lawmakers in opposing 1931 law making abortion under virtually any circumstances a felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

Rep. Padma Kuppa: We Must Fight Law Jailing Women, Doctors for Abortion Care

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

The Supreme Court’s June 24th decision to end abortion rights leaves the door open for state legislators across the country to criminalize the procedure. In Michigan, a 91-year-old law – long dormant due to Roe v Wade – would make abortion a felony. The legislation 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.

Following the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, Republicans in the Michigan State House have gone to the Michigan Supreme Court to defend the 1931 state law and make sure that women and doctors are prosecuted for receiving or performing the procedure.

In fact, Republican lawmakers have promised to go even further and expand on the 91-year-old law by increasing prison sentences for healthcare providers to 10 years.

Representative Padma Kuppa is joining fellow Michigan lawmakers, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, to oppose these efforts and enshrine the protections under Roe v. Wade in state law.

Rep. Padma Kuppa: We Must Fight Law Jailing Women, Doctors for Abortion Care

Kuppa says she will pass legislation assuring that decisions involving abortion are made between women and their doctors, and to overturn the 1931 law that bans the procedure even in cases of incest and rape.

State Rep. Kuppa, who is running for Michigan State Senate, is currently serving her second term representing Michigan’s 41st House District, which includes the cities of Troy and Clawson.