Battle Over Whether Abortion Remains As Legislative Fight in Michigan Continues

Michigan House District 73 candidate Norm Shinkle is endorsed by supporters of the 1931 law, which would criminalize abortion; Shinkle also called for opposition to a ballot initiative that would guarantee abortion access in Michigan.

Battle Over Whether Abortion Remains As Legislative Fight in Michigan Continues

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

A Michigan judge has issued an injunction blocking the enforcement of a 1931 law that would make almost all abortions a felony in Michigan. The 1931 law has been the subject of a months long legal battle that is expected to continue; if those seeking to enforce it prevail in court, women and doctors who obtain or provide an abortion could be punished with up to four years in prison, with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

However, the issue is far from settled.

Michigan House Representative Julie Brixie, who opposes the 1931 law, called such legislation “unconstitutional.” Brixie also supported the effort to allow Michiganders to vote on a ballot initiative to “enshrine the full spectrum of reproductive rights, including the right to a safe and legal abortion, in our state constitution.”

Right to Life of Michigan, an organization dedicated to “ending abortion in our state,” is among the supporters of legislation criminalizing abortion. Following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, the group published an infographic highlighting enforcement of the 1931 law as a step on “The Path to Ending Abortion.”

Right to Life of Michigan has endorsed Norm Shinkle, who is running against Brixie in the November race to represent District 73 in the Michigan House. In a Facebook post, Shinkle called opposition to the potential abortion-rights ballot initiative “right on.”

Shinkle served on the Michigan Board of Canvassers for 13 years before resigning from his position in June of this year.

Brixie previously worked for an environmental consulting firm, where she specialized in investigations and cleanups of contaminated sites in Michigan. Prior to her election to the Michigan House, she spent 18 years serving on the Meridian Township Board.