Lawmakers Divided on Law Making Abortion a Felony for Women, Doctors

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lawsuit leads to injunction that blocks the enforcement of a 1931 anti-abortion law.

Lawmakers Divided on Law Making Abortion a Felony for Women, Doctors

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Abortion faces an uncertain future in Michigan in the aftermath of the Supreme Court repeal of Roe v. Wade.

The 1931 law makes seeking or providing abortions a felony, with no exceptions in cases of rape and incest, and could be used by prosecutors to pursue jail sentences of up to four years for women and doctors.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a lawsuit to stop the 1931 law from taking effect. A circuit court judge has issued an injunction that blocks the law, saying that enforcement would result in “extreme costs” for women.

But lawmakers remain divided on the issue of abortion access, which may be ultimately decided by voters in November. Candidates for State Senate in Michigan’s District 11 have opposing views. Commissioner Veronica Klinefelt, a Democrat, has said that she will “fight to make sure that we restore the right of Michigan women to make health care decisions about their own bodies.” Her Republican opponent, State Senator Mike MacDonald, has been endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan, an organization that says it supports criminalizing abortion even in the case of rape.

Previously a city council member, Klinefelt has served as a Macomb County Commissioner for a decade. MacDonald, a state Senator since 2018, has also worked as a personal trainer and financial representative.