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Democratic Governor Whitmer sues to ‘keep abortion legal’ in Michigan


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) announced on Thursday that she has filed a preemptive lawsuit to allow some women to have abortions in Michigan ahead of a key U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected this summer.

Whitmer filed the suit in the Oakland County Circuit Court and, according to a press release from Whitmer’s office, the governor is using his executive power to ask the Michigan Supreme Court to step in and “immediately resolve ” his case.

Whitmer’s lawsuit comes ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationa major abortion case challenging a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

the Dobbs the case prompted the Supreme Court to revisit the 1973 history Roe vs. Wade decision that declared abortion constitutional, and many pro-life advocates expressed optimism that the court, which has a conservative majority, could overturn deer and returning control of abortion laws to individual states.

“If Roe is overturned, abortion could become illegal in Michigan under almost all circumstances, including rape and incest, and deprive Michigan women of the ability to make critical decisions for themselves in health care,” Whitmer said in a statement. “It’s no longer theoretical: it’s reality.”

Whitmer cited a 1931 state law that makes abortion a criminal act, except when the mother’s life is in danger. The law became inapplicable after deer was decided, and Whitmer argued that it could become enforceable again in the event that deer is overturned.

“A near total ban on abortion would deprive women of their reproductive freedom and the ability to decide if and when to have a child,” Whitmer said.

Joe Biden and Gretchen Whitmer (Adam Schultz/Biden for President)

The Michigan Democrat also warned that an abortion ban poses a threat to a woman’s “economic freedom.”

Whitmer said, “It would also deprive women of their economic freedom and their right to decide whether to become a parent: the biggest economic decision a woman will make in her life.”

“No matter what happens to deerI will fight like hell and use every tool at my disposal as governor to ensure that reproductive freedom is a right for all women in Michigan,” Whitmer added.

The governor’s lawsuit proceeded “almost in tandem” with a lawsuit filed in Michigan’s Court of Claims by Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, seeking to hold abortions constitutionally compliant with the state’s constitution. Michigan and prevent prosecutors from enforcing the 1931 law that criminalizes the practice of abortions. , according to Detroit News.

Whitmer, who faces a competitive re-election race this year, sent a fundraising email right after his announcement soliciting campaign donations, according to a copy of the email shared by the conservative Michigan group Rising Action.

The group called Whitmer’s lawsuit a “choreographed publicity stunt” and noted that Whitmer’s ally, Dana Nessel, the state’s attorney general, also made a “stunning admission” Thursday morning that she didn’t wouldn’t. defend the Michigan Abortion Law of 1931, unless a court compels it.

Nessel explained in a statement, “I didn’t become attorney general so I could run an office that would put women in a position where some of them would probably die.”

Red states like Texas, Tennessee, Oklahoma and others have taken steps to protect the unborn child with legislation imposing abortion limits, but Democratic governors, including Whitmer now, have sought opposite.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) used his authority this week to codify unlimited access to abortion in his state, while California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) claimed the Golden State would become a “sanctuary” for abortion. deer be overthrown.

Write to Ashley Oliver at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.




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