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Abortion repeal legislation heading to House Floor

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A repeal of Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban advanced to the House floor today. Michigan Public Radio’s Colin Jackson has more.

A constitutional amendment voters approved last year that guarantees the right to abortion makes the ban unenforceable.

But Planned Parenthood Chief Medical Officer Doctor Sarah Wallett still says it needs to come off the books.

“It’s terrifying to know that a nearly century old ban remains on Michigan’s law books threatening to label me a felon. I should not have to fear being arrested, separated from my family, stripped of my medical license and barred from practicing medicine simply for providing the care my patients depend on.”

Opponents of the repeal say the state should focus more on making alternatives to abortion more accessible.

House leadership says the legislation will likely move soon.

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