For Immediate Release: Friday, August 19, 2022
NARAL Pro-Choice America Applauds Michigan Court Ruling Blocking Enforcement of State’s Pre-Roe Abortion Ban
Washington, DC — Today, a Michigan judge granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking county prosecutors from enforcing the state’s pre-Roe v. Wade ban on abortion. In his ruling, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Cunningham said the state’s antiquated abortion ban would “individually and collectively,” harm Michiganders if he did not grant a preliminary injunction.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“Today’s ruling underscores just how important it is to have leaders who will fight for their constituents when it matters most. Today, abortion remains legal in the state of Michigan because Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel took action to protect access. That’s why voters put them in office in 2018, and that’s why it’s so crucial to reelect them in November.”
This decision comes in the aftermath of the anti-choice supermajority on the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade in its ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This cruel decision opened the door for extremist state lawmakers to enforce extreme bans on abortion. Roughly half of the states in the country are at risk of banning abortion, and thus far, 14 states have bans in place and many more are rushing to do the same. The people hurt most by these bans and restrictions are those who already face barriers to accessing abortion care—including women; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; those working to make ends meet; the LGBTQ+ community; immigrants; young people; those living in rural communities; and people with disabilities.
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.