Future Right to Obtain Abortion Uncertain Following Court Ruling

The ruling by Michigan Circuit Court Judge Jacob J. Cunningham is latest development in abortion fight kicked off by the Supreme Court’s Decision to overturn Roe v Wade

Future Right to Obtain Abortion Uncertain Following Court Ruling

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Circuit Court Judge Jacob J. Cunningham granted an injunction that will stop Michigan prosecutors from enforcing a 1931 abortion law that makes the procedure a felony under almost all circumstances.

“Though the court appreciated both sides of this debate are passionate in their convictions, by not issuing an injunction today the court would send the health-care system into crisis,” Judge Cunningham said.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a lawsuit to stop the 1931 law from taking effect. A circuit court judge has issued an injunction that blocks the law, saying that enforcement would result in “extreme costs” for women.

The injunction is the latest development in a back-and-forth kicked off by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June of this year. The decision was a direct response to an appellate court ruling that would have allowed prosecutors in favor of the 1931 law to push ahead with enforcement.

For now, the legality of abortion in Michigan remains undecided, though legislators on both sides of the aisle have pushed for a resolution to the issue. Earlier this year, State Representative Mark Huizenga, a former management consultant who is running in Senate District 30, backed HR 22, a resolution that “urges the enforcement of existing” laws prohibiting abortion, including the 1931 law.

On the other hand, Rep. David LaGrand, Huizenga’s opponent in SD 30, opposes the 1931 law and says that he will fight to restore abortion protections on behalf of Michiganders who are “galvanized to protect reproductive health, bodily autonomy, and individual rights.” LaGrand currently represents the 75th district, which encompasses part of Grand Rapids; he previously served on the Grand Rapids City Commission and the Board of Education.