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Whitmer asks Legislature to repeal abortion ban statute

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the Legislature to repeal the dormant state law that could ban most abortions if the Roe-V-Wade decision is ever overturned by the U-S Supreme Court.

Whitmer said the U-S Supreme Court’s refusal to block Texas’s law banning most abortions makes the matter urgent. The Roe V Wade decision rendered Michigan’s abortion ban dormant. It only allows exceptions to save the life of a pregnant woman.

Genevieve Marnon is the legislative director for Right to Life of Michigan, which opposes abortion rights. And she says the governor’s request is futile since the GOP-led Legislature won’t go along.

“It’s not going to happen. We all know that. She knows that. That’s why it’s OK for her to make such a bold statement.”

But abortion rights could become an issue in elections next year if the Supreme Court reverses Roe – or appears poised to do so.