LANSING — Abortion providers and OB/GYNs across Michigan today praised the actions announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer aimed at protecting the constitutional right to an abortion in Michigan.
“Abortion is a necessary part of health care that every Michigander should be able to access,” said Dr. Michael Hertz, a northern Michigan OB/GYN. “Roe v Wade has been the law of the land for 50 years, protecting Americans’ constitutional right to an abortion, but as the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to overturn it, we must do all we can here in Michigan to protect this access for the health and well-being of our patients. These actions are important to ensuring that abortion remains safe, legal and available in Michigan.”
Michigan still has a 1931 law on the books that criminalizes abortion in the state, though it’s not been enforced since the landmark Roe v Wade ruling. A decision pending from the Supreme Court on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization could overturn Roe v Wade, once again making this antiquated law enforceable in the state.
“Decisions around abortion should be made between people who can get pregnant and their doctors, without the influence of politicians,” said Dr. Lauren Owens, an abortion provider in Ann Arbor. “Forcing Michiganders to carry unwanted pregnancies to term can be harmful and even deadly, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, who face more barriers to health care and higher maternal mortality rates. We must use every tool in the toolbox to protect the legal right and access to abortion, and we’re grateful to Governor Whitmer for taking these actions on behalf of our patients and the more than 2.2 million women and people who can get pregnant in our state.”
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