Court closes appellate door to lawmakers in abortion fight

Posted at 3:07 PM, Aug 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-24 15:07:09-04

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan lawmakers were turned down Wednesday in their request to appeal a May order that suspends a ban on abortion.

A three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals said it found no need for an immediate review.

A 1931 law makes it a crime to perform abortions in Michigan unless the life of the mother is in danger. But abortion still remains legal after the fall of Roe v. Wade because two judges in separate cases have stopped any enforcement.

The appeals court was focusing on a challenge filed by the Republican-led House and Senate to an injunction issued by Judge Elizabeth Gleicher at the Court of Claims.

In May, Gleicher said the law, which was long dormant, likely violates the Michigan Constitution. Her order is limited to the attorney general's office.

An Oakland County judge last week made a similar order that applies to prosecutors in counties where abortion services are available.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who supports abortion rights, has repeatedly asked the Michigan Supreme Court to step in and settle all disputes about the 1931 law, but no action has been taken.

Separately, voters in November could get an opportunity to add abortion rights to the state constitution.


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