Judge’s Injunction Leaves Fate of Abortion in Michigan Uncertain

By blocking the enforcement of a 1931 law that criminalized abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, the Oakland County judge’s decision has compelled some Michiganders to call for its reinstatement.

Abortion Remains Legal in Michigan for Now - But Injunction Is Only Latest Development in Ongoing Legal Back-And-Forth

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

An Oakland County judge’s ruling left the future legality of abortion in the state of Michigan uncertain.

Circuit Court Judge Jacob J. Cunningham issued an injunction against the enforcement of a 1931 state law that criminalized abortion, even in cases of rape and incest and would have jailed women and doctors.

The injunction means that the question of abortion’s legality in Michigan is far from settled. Indeed, in some districts, there are those who would like to see the law passed once more.

Pennfield’s Dave Morgan, who is running to represent the 44th District in the Michigan State House, has accepted the endorsement of Right to Life of Michigan, a group that seeks to prohibit abortion even in the case of rape.

“I am proud to have their support,” Morgan said of Right to Life of Michigan. “And I look forward to working to protect life in Lansing.”

Rep. Jim Haadsma, who is also running to represent the 44th District, has vowed to fight the law’s reinstatement and promised to make abortion a constitutional right.

Morgan is a US Air Force veteran, worked for Amtrak for 25 years and has spent much of his life in Battle Creek.

Rep. Jim Haadsma is currently serving his second term representing Michigan’s 62nd House District.