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Gov. Whitmer seeks ruling that abortion is a right in Michigan

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Gov. Whitmer seeks ruling that abortion is a right in Michigan



The case was filed in Oakland County, but Whitmer is asking the Michigan Supreme Court to bypass the lower court and take the case right away to get to a final conclusion as soon as possible.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed a lawsuit today challenging Michigan’s dormant ban on abortion. The 91-year-old law was overruled by the 1973 Roe versus Wade U-S Supreme Court ruling. But that would change if the court strikes down that landmark decision.

The lawsuit seeks to enjoin prosecutors from enforcing the ban if Roe is reversed. Whitmer says Michigan’s constitution offers similar guarantees of due process and medical privacy for women and their health care providers.

“And it’s critical that we successfully argue this case to ensure that if Roe gets overturned women facing difficult personal choices will still be able to get the care that we need and the care that we have counted on for 49 years in this state.”