Question of Whether Abortion Will Remain Legal in Michigan Still Open

Michigan House District 83 candidate Lisa DeKryger has been endorsed by an organization that highlighted the 1931 law, which would criminalize abortion, as a step on “the path to ending” the procedure.

Question of Whether Abortion Will Remain Legal in Michigan Still Open

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

A judge has granted an injunction blocking enforcement of a law that would criminalize almost all abortions in Michigan. The injunction is the latest turn in the ongoing legal back-and-forth over the law, which has been on the books since 1931 but was not enforceable before the overturn of Roe v. Wade. If enforced, the 1931 law would punish women and doctors who get or perform abortions with up to four years in prison, without exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

With the question of whether abortion will remain legal in Michigan still open, state candidates are continuing to voice their opinions on the issue.

John Fitzgerald, a Wyoming, Michigan City Councilman who is running to represent District 83 in the Michigan House, opposes the 1931 law: “Think of how different society was in 1972 for women, let alone in 1931 when [Michigan’s] law criminalizing abortion was enacted?” he wrote. In other remarks about the 1931 law, Fitzgerald said that he is “a staunch advocate for reproductive freedom, women’s health, and choice…Every Michigander deserves the right to have autonomy over their body.”

Lisa DeKryger, a small business owner who is running against Fitzgerald in the District 83 race, has been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan. Right to Life of Michigan supports the enforcement of the 1931 law, which the group has highlighted as a step on “the path to ending abortion” in Michigan.