Planned Parenthood asks state Supreme Court to take abortion case
Planned Parenthood of Michigan is asking the state Supreme Court to hear a major abortion rights case. That request is backed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in a separate filing with the court.
Planned Parenthood of Michigan has filed a new motion asking the state Supreme Court to take up the question of whether abortion rights are protected by the state constitution. Governor Gretchen Whitmer also filed a brief backing the request. We have more from Rick Pluta.
"The goal is a ruling that the state constitution’s privacy protections cover abortion rights and that a 1931 law criminalizing abortion is not enforceable. Deborah LaBelle is a Planned Parenthood attorney. She says there are multiple legal cases in play right now and a Supreme Court ruling would provide certainty to abortion providers and to patients."
“There is a great deal of chaos and concern as to what is allowed in Michigan right now.”
On the flip side, some prosecutors argue the 1931 abortion ban is valid and courts should rule it’s up to them to decide whether to file charges against abortion providers. Abortion remains legal in Michigan while the cases play out.