Michigan Judge’s Ruling Keeps Abortion Legal — For Now

The Oakland County judge limited the enforcement of a 1931 law that criminalized abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, leaving the legality of the procedure in the hands of the voters and their representatives.

Michigan Judge’s Ruling Keeps Abortion Legal — For Now

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

An Oakland County judge’s ruling last month 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.

After the fall of Roe v. Wade, the 1931 law stood to take effect, but with the judge’s ruling, the future of abortion in Michigan is unclear as the legislature weighs in.

Donni Steele, who is running to represent the 54th District in the Michigan state house has also accepted the endorsement of Right to Life of Michigan, a group that seeks to prohibit abortion even in the case of rape and incest.

Shadia Martini, who is also running to represent the 54th District, says Michigan should restore Roe v. Wade protections and that she opposes the 1931 law. She says that abortion is a private medical decision that should be left to women and their doctors – not politicians.

Donni Steele has served as the Orion Township Treasurer for the last five years and Shadia Martini owns a real estate brokerage, construction company, and medical spa, all in southeast Michigan.