Whitmer Vows To Keep Fighting State Law That Could Criminalize All AbortionsExperts say that a 91-year-old law could send women and doctors to prison for 4 or 10 years for seeking or providing abortions.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
The Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade allows every state to criminalize abortion and ban it without providing any exceptions.
In Michigan, the Republican-controlled state legislature has gone to court to do just that, defending a 1931 state law still on the books that would criminalize abortion throughout the state, even in the cases of rape and incest. If they win, legal experts say it could lead to four year prison sentences for women and their doctors if they seek or perform abortions.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has sued to block that law from going into effect, saying that one of her priorities will be to restore the protections that existed under Roe v. Wade. She made the point that no matter where a person lives, what they look like or what they do, every person’s life has its own unique circumstances. She says that people, not politicians, should be able to make their own decisions, including when it comes to abortion.
She continued that she’ll “fight like hell to protect every Michiganders’ right to make decisions about their own body with the advice of a medical professional they trust.”
Some Republican lawmakers in Lansing have pledged to pass even stronger restrictions on abortion access and stiffer punishments for women and their doctors, including sending medical professionals to jail for up to ten years.