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BHSH reverses decision on abortion stance, while weekend filled with pro-choice demonstrations

Spectrum Health System Butterworth Hospital sign

Medical system had said it would now follow 1931 Michigan law after Roe V. Wade overturned

Following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe Vs. Wade, Beaumont Spectrum Health this weekend announced it would continue to provide abortions when “medically necessary.”

At first, BHSH said in a statement Friday, that it would only “allow pregnancy termination when necessary to preserve the life of the woman," in accordance to 1931 Michigan law.

However, the health system walked back that statement Sunday, issuing a revised one that said in part quote,

"After extensive evaluation and in-depth discussion…we have evolved our approach… At present, the current legal landscape regarding abortion in our state is unclear and uncertain… Until there is clarity, we will continue our practice of providing abortions when medically necessary."

Meanwhile, pro-choice activists took to the streets in West Michigan in protest of the historic ruling, as demonstrations took place Saturday in both Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

On Friday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer filed a motion asking the Michigan Supreme Court to rule if the state’s constitution protects the right to abortion, while Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement that she would not “prosecute women, girls, or their doctors for seeking or providing abortion services.”

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