Treasurer Donni Steele Announces Support for 91-Year-Old Law That Would Criminalize Abortion

“I support the state law which allows preserving the life of the mother and I believe the state of Michigan should create her own laws” Steele told Downtown Newsmagazine

 Treasurer Donni Steele Announces Support for 91-Year-Old Law That Would Criminalize Abortion

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Orion Township Treasurer Donni Steele came out in support of a 1931 Michigan state law that criminalizes abortion and includes jail sentences for women and doctors who terminate a pregnancy.

Following the overturning of Roe v Wade in June, Steele spoke with Birmingham, Michigan-based Downtown Newsmagazine regarding the law. “I support the state law,” she said, “which allows preserving the life of the mother and I believe the state of Michigan should create her own laws.”

The state law in question, passed in 1931, would make abortions a felony, and allows for the imprisonment of women and doctors for up to 4 years.

Steele’s support of the law has also won her an endorsement from Right to Life of Michigan, an organization committed to “ending abortion in our state.”

Genevieve Marnon, Legislative Director at Right to Life of Michigan, recently went on record to support the 1931 law—even in cases of rape. “We definitely support, of course, punishing the rapist, but we don’t support killing the unborn, innocent child,” she said.

Steele has served in public office since 2012, when she was elected to the Orion Township Board of Trustees.

Bloomfield Township small business owner Shadia Martinihas condemned the 1931 law.