LANSING, Mich. (Great Lakes News) – The Great Lakes Justice Center (GLJC) filed motions and a brief on Tuesday with the Michigan Supreme Court requesting a dismissal of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s abortion rights lawsuit.
On April 7, Gov. Whitmer announced the lawsuit, asking the courts to recognize a right to abortion under the state constitution. Whitmer cited her fear that the U.S Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade.
The motion asked the court to find Gov. Whitmer’s complaint to be frivolous, and to award attorney fees to defendants.
Whitmer’s lawsuit names 13 county prosecutors who may be called on to enforce Michigan’s 1931 law in counties where abortion clinics are present.
The Justice Center will defend Jackson County Prosecutor Jerard Jarzynka and Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker.
David A. Kallman, GLJC Senior Legal Counsel, stated, “It is imperative for the Court to emphatically reject the executive branch’s attempt to short-circuit the proper legal processes to change laws. The Supreme Court must immediately stop this political tactic and abuse of executive power under the guise of litigation.”