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Michigan Court Blocks Enforcement of 1931 Abortion Ban That Would Take Effect if Roe is Overturned

Ashley Sadler : May 18, 2022  LifeSiteNews.com

Michigan's radically pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hailed the ruling as a victory that provides "critical relief" for residents of the state, and Nessel has affirmed that her office has "no plans to appeal" the decision.

(Lansing, MI) — [LifeSiteNews.com] A Michigan judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction against the state's 1931 pro-life law that would have functioned to protect Michigan's unborn babies in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned. (Screengrab image)

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher granted the injunction sought by Planned Parenthood of Michigan when it filed a lawsuit against Michigan's Democrat attorney general Dana Nessel seeking to halt enforcement of the law, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Gleicher, who had previously faced calls to recuse herself from the case after she admitted she has donated money to Planned Parenthood, agreed in the decision that the big-dollar abortion corporation is likely to succeed in its legal claim that the nearly century-old law violates Michigan's constitution.

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The Great Lakes State's 1931 law had made it a felony to commit abortions except to save the life of the mother, and banned the advertisement or sale of abortion-inducing drugs.

After the US Supreme Court ruled that abortion was a "constitutional right" throughout all 50 states in its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade (1973), however, Michigan's law became a dead letter.

If the US Supreme Court were to now overturn Roe, as it appears prepared to do, Michigan would have been one of 26 states to immediately fall back on older legislation outlawing or drastically restricting access to the legal killing of unborn children.

In her Tuesday decision, Gleicher noted that a reversal of Roe and subsequent return to earlier Michigan law would "completely end the availability of abortion services in Michigan."

To prevent Michigan's immediate adoption of legal protections for the unborn, Tuesday's preliminary injunction will serve to halt enforcement of the old pro-life law in the event that Roe v. Wade is struck down.

"A preliminary injunction furthers the public interest, allowing the court to make a full ruling on the merits of the case without subjecting plaintiff and their patients to the impact of a total ban on abortion services in the state," Gleicher wrote.

Michigan's radically pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hailed the ruling as a victory that provides "critical relief" for residents of the state, and Nessel has affirmed that her office has "no plans to appeal" the decision... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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