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The 'Trigger' Law criminalizes most abortions in Michigan

On Aug. 1, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that county prosecutors could punish violators of a 1931 state law banning most abortions. The decision supports the pro-life cause and protects local government rights.

Roe v. Wade, which decided in 1973, rendered the statute, Michigan Compiled Law 750.14, moot for 49 years. When Roe v. Wade was overturned by the US Supreme Court on June 24, this law was revived.

It is possible to be charged with a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, if a doctor performs an abortion for any other reason. It was requested by Planned Parenthood and a single abortion doctor in the Michigan Court of Claims that the 1931 statute not be enforced by the state's legal officers and anyone under their control.

Planned Parenthood and the abortion doctor were temporarily shielded from enforcement of MCL 750.14 on May 17, 2022, when Democrat-appointed Court of Claims Judge Elizabeth Gleicher issued a 27-page preliminary injunction to stop further harm.

2 August 2022


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