Judge’s Ruling Pauses 91-Year-Old Abortion Criminalization But Uncertainty Remains in Michigan

The ruling temporarily limited the enforcement of a 1931 state law that criminalized abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, leaving the future legality of the procedure to be determined.

Judge’s Ruling Pauses 91-Year-Old Abortion Criminalization But Uncertainty Remains in Michigan

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

On August 19, Circuit Court Judge Jacob J. Cunningham issued an injunction against a 1931 state law that criminalized abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, and would have jailed women and their doctors.

Though the ruling does keep the procedure legal throughout the state, the issue has surfaced in parts of Jackson, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties and created much uncertainty.

Jason Woolford, who is running to represent the 48th state house District, has said “I want you to know we’re a pro-life family, I’m a pro-life candidate and I will fight for the unborn.” He has also accepted the endorsement of Right to Life of Michigan, a group that seeks to prohibit abortion even in the case of rape.

Jennifer Conlin, who is also running to represent the 48th District, said she plans to restore Roe v. Wade’s abortion protections and keep what should be a private medical decision made by women and healthcare providers away from the interference of politicians.

Ms. Conlin is a small business owner and mother of three and Mr. Woolford is the President of Mission Cry, a Christian charity.