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Judge says 1931 abortion ban unconstitutional

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A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled Wednesday that a 1931 state law that bans most abortions is not enforceable. The ruling says the law violates the state constitution’s due process clause

Judge Elizabeth Gleicher’s permanent injunction applies to all 83 county prosecutors. Doctor Sarah Wallett is the chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of Michigan. She says this means abortion rights are protected while there’s still a lot of litigation pending:

“But this does help reassure providers and patients who are really worried that that might not always be the case in Michigan.”

An opposing lawyer says Gleicher overstepped her authority. There are other abortion decisions heading to the Michigan Supreme Court. There is a separate case before the court on whether a proposed abortion rights amendment will appear on the November ballot.

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