Whitmer Fighting GOP-Backed Law Criminalizing Abortion After Rape or Incest in CourtLegal experts say that if Republicans get their way, a 13-year-old girl could be forced to carry a pregnancy to term after being raped by her father.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has gone to court to fight a Michigan law banning all abortion in Michigan.
The Supreme Court ruling against Roe v. Wade in June allows every state to criminalize or ban abortion without any exceptions. In Michigan, Republican lawmakers are in court to defend a 1931 law that would ban abortion, even after rape or incest.
The law was unenforceable under Roe v. Wade. But now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, the Michigan Republican lawmakers are seeking to enforce it. According to legal experts, if they get their way, a 13-year-old girl could be forced to carry a pregnancy resulting from being raped by her father — and she could face up to four years in prison for seeking an abortion.
Republican lawmakers have said that if they keep the majority in the Michigan legislature this November, they will pass even stricter abortion restrictions, including stiffer punishments for doctors who perform the procedure. They have already introduced a bill that would jail a doctor for up to ten years for providing an abortion, including when the woman is a victim of rape or incest.
Whitmer has filed a lawsuit to block the 1931 law and has announced that she will strongly oppose efforts to pass an additional abortion ban. Whitmer is calling for restoring Roe v. Wade protections to Michigan, and has said that abortion is a private medical decision that should be up to a woman and her doctor — not politicans.