Nearly 100 years ago, the abortion ban sparked one of the largest voting campaigns in the United States. Michigan History was abolished by the government on Wednesday. Gretchen Whitmerjust months after voters enshrined abortion rights in state constitutions.
In a bill signed outside Detroit, Whitmer said, “Today, we are going to take action to make sure the laws and the laws reflect our values and our constitution.
The 1931 abortion ban, which made facilitating an abortion a four-year felony, sat dormant until the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case in June.
A citizen-led initiative to enshrine the right to abortion in the state constitution attracted more signatures than any other ballot proposal in the state’s history, while the court blocked the ban from taking effect. Voters overwhelmingly approved the proposal in last November’s midterm elections, rendering the 1931 law unconstitutional and unenforceable.
The 1931 ban could have taken effect in the future if voters gathered enough signatures to amend the state constitution once more and abolish abortion rights. Whitmer’s signature on Wednesday ruled that out and obliterated the law entirely.
“We cannot allow old laws to remain in our books on the premise that they will never be used again. Democratic Party State Senator Laurie Poftsky. “I don’t know what the future holds, and I don’t know what plans anti-abortion groups have.”
Last month, Michigan’s House and Senate, both controlled by Democrats with two seats, voted to send the governor to repeal the abortion ban. A majority of Republicans opposed the bill, speaking out ahead of a vote on the legality of abortion as a whole.
“This is far from the end of the story,” Pohutsky, who sponsored legislation repealing the law, said at Wednesday’s event that Democratic-controlled state legislatures will continue to expand access to reproductive health care.
Wednesday’s signing marked another victory for abortion rights advocates in Michigan, which joined California and Vermont last November and enshrined abortion rights in the state’s constitution. Kentucky, a trusty red state, has rejected a ballot measure aimed at denying the state’s constitutional protections against abortion.
Wisconsin voters elected a Democratic-backed Supreme Court justice in Milwaukee on Tuesday, confirming the fate of the state’s abortion ban is at stake, with liberals taking over the court’s majority.
“Two years ago, three years ago, five years ago, we as Democrats hoped Michigan, Kansas, Wisconsin, Montana and Kentucky would be on the front lines of women’s reproductive freedom across the nation. Who would have thought we would?” said Laphonza Butler, President of EMILYs List.
Whitmer joined other speakers at the event of birmingham It said the laws in Texas and South Carolina were “un-American, anti-liberal and, frankly, offensive” and accused Republican-led states of restricting abortion rights.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is pushing a six-week ban in his state, is scheduled to show up in Michigan on Thursday to speak at a Midland County GOP event, before heading south to Michigan to speak at Hillsdale University.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/gretchen-whitmer-ap-michigan-ron-desantis-birmingham-b2314903.html Whitmer enacts 1931 abortion ban from Michigan law