Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Planned Parenthood have both filed separate suits to overturn Michigan’s 1931 ban on abortion. The lawsuits are a pre-emptive move, should the Supreme Court decide to overturn Roe v. Wade in its upcoming ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, because as the law stands now, abortion in the state would be effectively outlawed.
According to The Detroit News, both Whitmer and Planned Parenthood filed their lawsuits on April 7. In an effort to circumvent the normal process through the lower courts, Whitmer used her suit to invoke executive authority, and asked the Michigan Supreme Court to provide immediate intervention and resolve whether the state constitution covers the right to abortion. Democrats currently have a 4-3 majority on the state’s Supreme Court bench.
In a statement discussing the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade, Whitmer said, “This is no longer theoretical: it is reality. That’s why I am filing a lawsuit and using my executive authority to urge the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately resolve whether Michigan’s state constitution protects the right to abortion.”
The Detroit Free Press reports that there are currently 13 counties in the state with abortion facilities. Prosecutors in seven of those counties signed a statement in support of Whitmer’s lawsuit, and said they would not enforce the abortion ban should it become enacted.
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