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January 25, 2022

Joelle Abramowitz discussed the future of abortion rights in Michigan

A new poll finds that Michiganders are more likely to be in favor of abortion rights than to oppose them. Michigan still has a law from 1931 that makes it a crime to assist a woman with an abortion unless doing so to save her life. If Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood are overturned the law would go back into effect. In a Detroit Free Press article, Joelle Abramowitz said,

“It does feel like there’s much more of a sense that this is endangered, with the upcoming SCOTUS decision, and so I think, for people that would already say that women should have the right to an abortion, it enhances those feelings. For me, personally, it’s been surprising as all of this has unfolded to learn more about what are the laws in Michigan and the laws of other states? And this idea in Michigan that we have this old law on the books that actually makes providing an abortion a felony, such that if Roe is overturned, that would go into effect. I think, at least for me, it’s changed my impression, that this is more precarious than I might have thought before.”