The announcement of President Donald Trump's nomination of conservative
In Michigan, the ramifications would be substantial if Roe is overturned. A 1931 law that states a doctor could be charged with a felony for facilitating an abortion procedure. Individuals, whether medical practitioners or not, could be charged with manslaughter for assisting an abortion if the procedure is fatal, costing the life of the mother. The law has never been repealed and does not make exceptions for rape or incest.
“Roe v. Wade has been decided law since 1973,” Robert Sedler, a Wayne State constitutional law professor told the Detroit Free Press. “An overwhelming number of women have assumed they could have a safe and legal abortion for decades. It would be cataclysmic for them to overturn it.”
There’s little recourse on the legislative side to
Abortion rates in the state have since diminished over the last three decades, with the number of abortions in Michigan
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gretchen Whitmer, Shri Thanedar, and Abdul El-Sayed have all said they would fight for abortion rights if elected. Republican candidates Attorney Bill Schuette and Lieutenant Governor Bill Calley, who are all pro-life, said they would allow the law to stand.
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