Judge Elizabeth Gleicher’s decision, called “historic,” said it is a victory for abortion rights after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that state’s 1931 criminal abortion ban unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction barring the attorney general and county prosecutors from enforcing that veto.
The pro-abortion organization Planned Parenthood, which defends high-quality accessible medical care in the country, celebrated in a statement that this opinion is protected in that state.
Judge Elizabeth Gleicher’s decision, described as “historic” said it is a victory for the right to abortion after the Supreme Court annulled on June 24 the ruling Roe vs. Wade who had protected the right to abortion in the United States since 1973.
Planned Parenthood in Michigan along with Dr. Sarah Wallett, the organization’s director of medical operations in the state, first challenged the abortion ban in state court on April 7.
Their lawsuit argued that “the law was unconstitutionally vague and violated the rights of Michiganders under the state Constitution and civil rights laws,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement.
On May 17, the Court of Appeal temporarily blocked the ban and thus protected access to abortion, even after the decision of the Supreme Court.
The decision, which takes effect immediately, reaffirms that the 1931 veto “is fully unconstitutional because its application would deprive pregnant women of their right to bodily integrity and autonomy and to equal protection under the law.”
Dr. Wallett stressed that this ruling will: “Ensure that Michiganders can continue to make deeply personal decisions about their health, lives and futures without interference from state officials,” she said.
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