Future of Abortion Access in Michigan Remains Uncertain After Legal Wrangling

Michigan House District 55 candidate Mark Tisdel has been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan, which supports the law criminalizing abortion. Tisdel’s opponent, Dr. Patricia Bernard praised the injunction, saying that abortion is “not a community affair—it’s between an individual, doctor, and their God.”

Future of Abortion Access in Michigan Remains Uncertain After Legal Wrangling

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

On August 19, an Oakland County judge granted an injunction blocking the enforcement of a 1931 law that would criminalize almost all abortions in Michigan.

The injunction was the latest move in an ongoing court battle that has pitted Governor Gretchen Whitmer and abortion rights supporters against Michigan prosecutors seeking to enforce the 1931 law, which does not make exceptions for rape or incest and would punish women and doctors who get or provide an abortion with up to four years in prison.

Right to Life of Michigan supports the enforcement of the 1931 law, including in cases of rape. “We definitely support, of course, punishing the rapist, but we don’t support killing the unborn innocent child,” said the organization’s legislative director, Genevieve Marnon.

Right to Life of Michigan has endorsed Mark Tisdel, who currently represents Michigan House District 45 and is running in the November election to represent House District 55. Prior to joining the state legislature, Tisdel worked as a principal at Backus Payne & Associates, where he specialized in medical liability insurance.

Dr. Patricia Bernard, who is running against Tisdel in the House District 55 race, opposes the 1931 law. Bernard, a small business owner who spent 34 years as a civilian employee at the Department of Army, has also called for legislation that would make Roe v. Wade protections the law in Michigan. Bernard praised the August 19 injunction, saying that abortion is “not a community affair—it’s between an individual, doctor, and their God.”