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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Releases Statement on MI Court of Claims Abortion Ruling

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has released a statement regarding the Michigan Court of Claims’ ruling on the state’s 1931 abortion law.

The Court of Claims ruled Wednesday Michigan’s 1931 law banning abortions without exceptions for rape or incest and criminalizing nurses and doctors for doing their jobs is unconstitutional.

Gov. Whitmer stated the following:

“Today, the courts have ruled once again that Michigan women have the right to make medical decisions with their health care provider and those they trust. I have been fighting like hell to protect reproductive freedom in Michigan for months and am grateful for today’s lower court ruling declaring our extreme 1931 abortion law unconstitutional.

“However, this decision is likely to be challenged, and we know that there’s a group of extremists who will stop at nothing to ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest. With our rights still hanging by a thread, the Michigan Supreme Court needs to provide certainty and rule on my lawsuit to protect the right to abortion in the state constitution. I will keep using every tool in my toolbox to protect women, nurses, and doctors here in Michigan.

“While other states—and even some politicians in Lansing—take steps to control women’s bodies by defending extreme restrictions on abortion and health care, I will fight like hell for reproductive freedom. To those seeking freedom and bodily autonomy—whether you’re a young professional deciding where to begin your career or a mom trying to take care of the kids you already have, my message is simple: we respect women’s rights in Michigan. This is a home of opportunity and limitless possibility.”

The Michigan Supreme Court has yet to rule on the constitutionality of the ban, according to the Executive Office of the Governor.