Michigan prosecutors file supplemental brief in support of Gov. Whitmer’s abortion lawsuit
The brief filed Wednesday further outlines the urgency for the Michigan Supreme court to hear the lawsuit
Seven county prosecutors in Michigan have filed a supplemental brief in support of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's lawsuit aimed at protecting abortion rights should Roe v Wade fall.
The seven prosecutors are among those being sued by Whitmer in an effort to overturn the state’s 1931 ban criminalizing abortion. The brief filed Wednesday further outlines the urgency for the Michigan Supreme court to hear the lawsuit, as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to overturn Roe V. Wade this month. Jill Habig is the founder of the nonprofit Public Rights Project, which is representing some of the prosecutors. She says though some prosecutors have stated they won’t enforce the ban, it’s not enough.
“Even if prosecutors commit not prosecute police could still arrest someone for seeking an abortion and they could still be in jail for up to 48 hours while a prosecutor decides whether to take the case.”
The Michigan Court of Claims has granted a preliminary injunction halting the enforcement of the state’s abortion ban while a separate lawsuit between Planned Parenthood and the Attorney General is ongoing.