Lansing, MI

Governor Whitmer urges legislature to protect right to choose

Mandi Angelique
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LANSING, Mich. - Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the legislature to pass legislation abolishing Michigan's anti-abortion statute from the 1930s.

Gov. Whitmer urged the Michigan legislature on Tuesday, Sept. 7 to approve legislation abolishing the state's anti-abortion statute from the 1930s, which is now in existence due to the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. Repealing the legislation will ensure that the freedom to choose, which is supported by a large majority of Michiganders, remains a right in Michigan, even while Roe v. Wade is continually attacked.

“Recently, Texas passed a new, extreme anti-choice law that puts people’s lives at risk, and threatens healthcare workers. The insidious law essentially bans abortions, even in cases of rape or incest, and allows strangers to sue medical professionals or anyone who helps women get the comprehensive healthcare they need,” she said.

“It is a gross violation of the constitutional right to choose, and the Court’s decision to allow it to stay in place sets the United States on a dangerous path towards overturning Roe v. Wade.”

“Unfortunately, there are more cases based on equally extreme state laws awaiting action in the Supreme Court that would completely overturn Roe v. Wade. If the court’s decision in the Texas case is any indication, a majority of justices are willing to throw out the constitutional right to choose that has been in place for 48 years and repeatedly upheld for decades,” the governor added.

“In Michigan today, abortion is safe and legal, but we have an arcane law on the books from the 1930s banning abortion and criminalizing healthcare providers who offer comprehensive care and essential reproductive services. Thankfully, that dangerous, outdated law is superseded by Roe v. Wade, but, if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe, that Michigan law and others like it may go back into effect in dozens of states, disproportionately impacting Black and brown communities.

“I call on the legislature to send Senator Erika Geiss’ bill that repeals our nearly-century-old ban on abortion to my desk. I have always stood with those fighting for their right to choose, and I will not stop now. I will stand in the way of any bills that seek to strip away fundamental rights from women or get in the way of doctors’ ability to do their jobs.”

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