Appeal filed in effort to subpoena Whitmer
Kallman wants Whitmer to explain why she asked for an injunction to block enforcement of a 1931 abortion ban
A challenge filed with the Michigan Court of Appeals seeks to overturn a decision that Governor Gretchen Whitmer cannot be forced to testify in an abortion rights case. A group of prosecutors said she should have to testify and answer questions about her argument that Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban is not enforceable under the state constitution.
That law is on hold under a Court of Claims judge’s temporary order. The governor said that should be converted to a more-durable injunction. And, the judge agreed that doesn’t require her to personally show up at a hearing next week to defend the request.
Whitmer’s argument, filed earlier this week, is that she isn’t acting on her personal behalf but in her official capacity. Also, that an in-person appearance “… would only to serve to detract from the governor’s performance of her official duties, needlessly complicate the proceedings before this court, and improperly raise the level of spectacle surrounding the case.”
Attorney David Kallman represents prosecutors who say they have the right to file charges against abortion providers under the 1931 law. He said the governor should be required to show up and face questions.