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Nessel encourages patients to keep their appointments at clinics, as Michigan’s abortion battle continues

Currently Michigan providers can’t be prosecuted for providing abortion care.

Abortion is currently legal in Michigan, but a 1931 ban is still on state books. As deliberations over this continue, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told constituents Monday to keep their appointments.

Currently, Michigan providers can’t be prosecuted for providing abortion care. That’s due to an injunction issued by the Court of Claims last month in Planned Parenthood of Michigan v Attorney General of the State of Michigan.

Judge Elizabeth Gleicher issued the injunction into the case which halted enforcement of the state’s 1931 abortion ban. She said Planned Parenthood, who is challenging the law, had a likelihood to win its claim and that without an injunction the group and its patients “face a serious danger of irreparable harm.”

On Monday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel encouraged people with abortion appointments to move forward as scheduled and consult with their doctors.

“Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling last week, I remain committed to ensuring a woman’s right to choose and will continue to fight against every attempt to limit access to care. This includes ensuring Michiganders are properly informed regarding the current state court battle that is far from over,” Nessel said.

The parties – which now includes the Michigan Legislature – are moving into the next phase of the case. After, Judge Gleicher will make a final decision on the statue’s constitutionality.

There has not been a specific timeline set.

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