Judge Elizabeth Gleicher rules Michigan's 1931 Abortion Ban Law is Unconstitutional
Michigan's constitution guarantees a “right to bodily autonomy including abortion.”
Judge Elizabeth Gleicher found that a Michigan law from 1931 banning abortions with no exceptions for rape or incest violates the state’s constitution. The ruling ultimate bars any prosecutors from enforcing it in the future. According to Gleicher and her ruling, the Michigan constitution guarantees a “right to bodily autonomy including abortion.”
"A law denying safe, routine medical care not only denies women of their ability to control their bodies and their lives - it denies them of their dignity.”
Judge Elizabeth Gleicher wrote to back her ruling.
Gleicher’s ruling comes at a critical time in Michigan as the state’s Supreme Court will rule on Friday whether an amendment to legalize abortion throughout the state will appear on ballots during the November midterms. Also, in April, two doctors and Planned Parenthood sued Michigan for enforcing the abortion law, stating it allows abortions only to save the mother’s life. The argument given is that the enforcing of the law under that context violates the state constitution’s right to due process and equal protection.
In May, Judge Elizabeth Gleicher blocked the law which stopped it from taking effect. The state was said to not push to take action to enforce the la by Gretchen Whitmer, the governor of Michigan, as well as Dana Nessel, the Attorney General. County prosecutors said they would enforce the law if they wee allowed to.