Planned Parenthood Holds Press Conference on Stopping Abortion Act of 1931
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Planned Parenthood held a news conference on Tuesday to discuss a Michigan court’s decision to temporarily halt enforcement of the 1931 near-total abortion ban.
If the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the law would have taken effect. The controversial law has been a major point of contention since the leaked Supreme Court draft of Roe v. Wade.
Planned Parenthood of Michigan Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sarah Wallett spoke to the media to discuss Michigan’s 1931 law injunction.
Wallett filed a lawsuit on April 7, claiming the ban was unconstitutionally vague, among other things.
Lawmakers have already started reacting to the news, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and a handful of House Democrats.
“Today marks a significant victory for the Michiganders,” said Governor Whitmer. “The opinion of the Michigan Court of Claims is clear and sends the message that Michigan’s 1931 law prohibiting abortion, even in cases of rape or incest, should not come into effect even if roe deer is overthrown. This will help ensure that Michigan remains a place where women have freedom and control over their own bodies.
“But our work is not finished” Whitmer continued. “I want every Michigander to know: No matter what happens in DC, I will fight like hell to protect access to safe and legal abortion in Michigan. That’s why last month I filed a lawsuit and used my executive authority to urge the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately determine whether Michigan’s state constitution protects the right to abortion once and for all. all. While today’s preliminary injunction offers immediate and critical relief, we need the Michigan Supreme Court to step in and establish the right to abortion under our state constitution. We must protect the rights of Michigan’s nearly 2.2 million women to make decisions about their bodies because, regardless of our personal opinion on abortion, a woman’s health, not politics, should dictate important medical decisions.
“This injunction is a victory for the millions of women in Michigan who are fighting for their rights. The judge acted quickly in the interests of bodily integrity and personal liberty to preserve this important right and ruled that the state law was likely to be declared unconstitutional. I have no intention of appealing and will comply with the order to provide notice to all state and local officials under my supervision.
“This is great news for people’s fundamental right to make reproductive health care choices that are right for them, including abortions. While this is a promising step, the fight is far from over. be finished,” said State Representative Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia), chair of the Progressive Women’s Caucus. “I look forward to the next step in the process where hopefully we will see this archaic law taken off the books.”
“I applaud this decision, but it’s just one of the ways House Democrats and our allies are working to protect reproductive health care,” he said. Donna Lasinski, Democratic House Leader (Township of D-Scio). “We will continue to push for the passage of the Reproductive Health Act in the Legislative Assembly and for the amendment of the Michigan Constitution to enshrine bodily autonomy as a full legal right in our state.”