Gov. Whitmer Files Motion For Restraining Order to Prevent County Prosecutors from Enforcing 1931 Abortion Ban

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent Michigan county prosecutors from enforcing Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban.

The request was filed Monday in the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County.

The move comes after the Michigan Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that county prosecutors can enforce Michigan’s 1931 ban on abortion and file criminal charges against doctors and health care workers who provide abortion services.

“Today’s dangerous decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals clears a path for county prosecutors to use Michigan’s extreme 1931 abortion ban to prosecute doctors and nurses and jail them for doing their jobs,” said Governor Whitmer. “That is why I have taken immediate action and filed a request for a temporary restraining order against enforcement. We cannot risk further confusion for women, health care providers, and all Michiganders. As today’s unexpected action proves, the overturn of Roe v Wade in June has left reproductive freedom hanging by a thread in Michigan. I have taken a number of unprecedented steps to protect the 2.2 million women in Michigan who would lose the right to control their own bodies. I will keep fighting like hell to protect women and health care providers.”

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