Judge strikes down 1931 Michigan law that criminalized abortion

Judge strikes down 1931 Michigan law that criminalized abortion

In Michigan, the issue of abortion is at the heart of a major legal battle.

A Michigan judge has officially struck down a 1931 law that criminalized abortion. statewide abortion on Wednesday, months after she was temporarily suspended.

This is the latest development in the law saga to abortion in the United States, which is being debated in several courts and could become a ballot box issue in the upcoming midterm elections.

The law, which was dormant until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned “Roe v. Wade” in June, violates Michigan's Constitution , ruled Judge Elizabeth Gleicher of the State Court of Motions.

In her decision, Judge Gleicher held that preventing women from x27;having access to a safe and routine medical procedure not only prevents them from controlling their bodies, but also robs them of their dignity – which is prohibited by the Constitution.

The verdict comes as the Michigan Supreme Court must determine whether the proposed amendment to the state Constitution to include a fundamental right to abortion will make it to the ballots of the November 8 elections. An announcement is due by Friday on this.

Abortion rights supporters submitted a petition with more than 700,000 signatures supporting adding the proposed amendment to the ballot. This number easily exceeds the threshold required by the state, but a tie vote by the Board of State Scrutineers regarding spacing on the petition prevented it from being recognized until ;now.

The 1931 law made all abortions in Michigan a crime, except in situations where the life of the mother was in danger.

Judge Gleicher found that this law forces motherhood and prevents a woman from making her own choices for her present and future life.

The law forces a pregnant woman to give up her choices in matters of procreation and to serve as a "vessel entitled to no more respect than other forms of collective ownership," Judge Gleicher wrote, citing constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe.


The judge suspended the law in May. His ruling on Wednesday applies to all state and regional prosecutors.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate can appeal appeal of this decision, which follows a lawsuit brought by the organization Planned Parenthood.

Judge Gleicher admitted in July that she made several donations to organization and also donated $1,000 to the election campaigns of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel, both Democrats and pro-abortion rights.


According to the judge, this support was not sufficient to justify her transferring the case to another judge.

In another lawsuit, Governor Whitmer repeatedly asked the state Supreme Court to bypass the lower courts and decide once and for all the issue of validity. ity of the 1931 Act. The Court has yet to decide whether to intervene.

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