Michigan officials react after Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) — Moments after the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, Michigan officials released statements on the matter.

On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court voted to overthrow Roe. v. Wade and is expected to lead to abortion bans in several states. The ruling comes after a draft court opinion written by Judge Samuel Alito was leaked suggesting the court overturn Roe v. Wade.

Read the statements below from state and local officials.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer:

“Today is a sad day for America as an unelected group of conservative judges act squarely against the will of the people and medical expertise. We can all feel the despair that tens of millions of Americans — our neighbors, relatives and friends — are feeling right now. However we personally feel about abortion, health – not political – should be the most important medical decisions.

“With today’s decision, Michigan’s outdated 1931 law that prohibits abortion without exceptions for rape or incest and criminalizes doctors and nurses who provide reproductive care. For now, a Michigan court has temporarily banned the law, but that decision is not final and has already been challenged. The 1931 law would punish women and deprive them of the right to make decisions about their own bodies. I am deeply disappointed that Michigan’s Republican legislative leaders have been in court to defend this draconian ban, to the detriment of women and families. Some lawmakers have gone a step further, proposing a 10-year prison term for abortion providers and a 20-year prison term for anyone who manufactures, sells or distributes birth control medications.

“I want every Michigander to know that I am more determined than ever to protect access to safe, legal abortion. Now is the time to use every tool in our toolbox to protect women and reproductive health. That’s why I filed a lawsuit in April and used my executive branch to urge the Michigan Supreme Court to immediately decide whether the Michigan state constitution protects the right to abortion. We need to make it clear that under Michigan law, access to abortion is not only legal, but also constitutionally protected. In addition, my recent executive order instructs all state departments and agencies not to cooperate with authorities from other states seeking to prosecute women seeking legal abortion care, and instructs departments to increase protections for reproductive health care.

“I will fight like hell to protect every Michigander’s right to make decisions about their own bodies with the advice of a medical professional they trust. I will not give up or give up for my children, your children and the future of our great state.”

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist:

“Today is a tragic day for Americans and Michiganders. Against the medical expertise and overwhelming majority of Americans who support this constitutional right, a group of conservative judges we did not elect have deprived tens of millions of Americans of access to reproductive health care. We can all feel the hopelessness and despair that our neighbors, family and friends are feeling right now.

“Governor Gretchen Whitmer and I are more determined than ever to protect access to safe, legal abortion. But we personally believe that abortion should be health, not political, important medical decisions. Governor Whitmer and I are committed to ensuring that this constitutional right is protected here in Michigan. We will strive to build a state in which the reproductive rights of all are respected and affirmed. We will never stop fighting for our children, your children and the future of our state.”

Attorney General Dana Nessel:

“Toppling over roe is not just the loss of a right; it is the erosion of our status as equal citizens before the law. As a nation, we rely on our supreme court to keep their duty sacred, free from political whims. Today’s decision sets a dangerous precedent in rolling back 50 years of established legislation; creating extraordinary upheaval in the American legal system; and endanger other individual rights that generations of Americans have fought to secure and preserve.

“Now we must do what our courts have not done: we must ensure that women are not permanently relegated to second-class citizens in this country. I will continue to fight for the right of women to choose with the full weight of my office. Michigan residents must continue to fight for reproductive rights at the polls in November.”

SOS Jocelyn Benson:

“Today’s decision is a devastating blow to freedom in America. It is not in line with the will of the people. It was not achieved through democratic means, and it does not reflect who we are as Americans.

“The fight for a country that reflects, respects and protects the voice of all Americans will continue. And I will continue to fight to ensure that in our elections every voice can be heard, every vote counted and the will of the people can prevail.”

Chief Medical Executive Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian:

“Decisions about terminating or continuing a pregnancy should be made by a woman with the advice of her family, her faith, and her physician—not politics. As a physician, I know that the decision of the United States Supreme Court to close Overturning half a century of precedent for protecting safe, legal abortion violates the trust relationship between a patient and their doctor. This ruling completely supersedes and elevates a woman’s ability to dictate her health care in consultation with her doctor. the way for draconian laws like the 1931 criminal abortion ban in Michigan to come into full effect.

“I am concerned about the negative impact of this decision on health outcomes for women and children, especially women and children of color, as they have wider disparities in health outcomes in general. A woman may choose to have an abortion for several reasons – none of them are anyone’s business but hers. If women and doctors are threatened with prosecution and jail time because of the abortion ban in Michigan, access to critical health care will be more difficult for women. And since abortion is not legally available, women are more likely to undergo unregulated procedures that could endanger their future reproductive health and, in some cases, be life-threatening.

“The SCOTUS ruling and the Michigan abortion ban will not only punish women who seek abortion care, but it will also punish and criminalize health care providers who have dedicated their lives to providing the best care for their patients. It casts a dark shadow over the medical community – and doctors will now be forced to choose whether to honor our oath to our patients, our communities and our profession, or enforce a law that is unjust, discriminatory and inconsistent with the law. wishes of the majority of Michigan residents.”

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy:

“My three daughters had rights when I woke up this morning. It is very sobering and disturbing that my daughters now have fewer rights over their own bodies than I or my mother did before them. They are chattel now. And what do we tell the girl who was raped at age 12 and now has to have her rapist’s baby? No wonder only 25% of Americans trust the United States Supreme Court.”

Dave Coulter, Oakland County Director:

“This devastating decision is an attack on women’s constitutional rights. I cannot imagine a time in our country when women do not have freedom over such a very personal medical decision and I am ready to do everything in my power to protect this right in Michigan and Oakland County.”

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