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In Michigan abortion law case, an attorney subpoenas Whitmer

As part of her lawsuit seeking to permanently enjoin enforcement of Michigan's abortion trigger law, governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has been asked to testify.

Michigan law penalizes doctors for performing abortions except in an effort to save the mother's life, and punishes them with up to four years in prison.

Despite the statute, pregnant women seeking abortions do not face prosecution. When the High Court reversed its Roe v. Wade decision on June 24, 2022, the state statute which had lain dormant on the books for 91 years was “triggered” into effect again.

The subpoena was issued on Aug. 8 and Whitmer is required to appear at 2 p.m. on Aug. 17 in Oakland County Circuit Court.

Great Lakes Justice Center attorney David Kallman filed the subpoena. Upon receiving the case and the evidence warranting such action, Kallman has said he will prosecute a doctor who performed an abortion in his jurisdiction pursuant to state law.

Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham granted the temporary injunction. Whitmer filed a temporary restraining order seeking to prevent the various state statutes from being enforced because he was afraid of such actions by local prosecutors.

9 August 2022


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