Injunction Keeps Abortion Legal for Now, Future Uncertain

An Oakland County judge’s ruling limited the enforcement of a 91-year-old state law that criminalized abortion and would jail women and doctors, but there are still legislators who are looking to enshrine the policy into law.

Injunction Keeps Abortion Legal for Now, Future Uncertain

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Oakland County judge left the future of abortion in Michigan very much uncertain.

Circuit Court Judge Jacob J. Cunningham issued an injunction against the enforcement of a 91-year-old state law that criminalized abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and would have jailed women and doctors.

Once Roe v. Wade fell, the 1931 state law stood to take effect, but a pre-emptive lawsuit filed by Governor Whitmer’s administration necessitated further court action before the law took hold. But now, with the injunction, the decision about the future of abortion has become a prominent issue, with several would-be lawmakers vowing to reinstate the procedure’s criminalization.

Kathy Schmaltz, who is running to represent the 46th 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.

Maurice Imhoff, who is also running to represent the 46th District, said he plans to restore Roe v. Wade’s abortion protections.

Mr. Imhoff currently works as a policy associate for Michigan AFL-CIO Advocates and Ms. Schmaltz is a former news anchor and writer for WILX TV in Lansing.