LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer pushed back against the Michigan Court of Appeals ruling on Monday and filed a request for a temporary restraining order that she says builds on her ongoing efforts to protect the legal right abortion in Michigan.
The court ruled that county prosecutors, who are local officials, can enforce Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban even though Judge Elizabeth Gleicher’s injunction blocks state officials from enforcing the ban.
The ruling means that if someone brings a case to county prosecutors, they can choose to file criminal charges against doctors and health workers who provide abortion services under the state’s ban. The ban includes a narrow exception for saving the mother’s life.
“Today’s dangerous decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals clears a path for county prosecutors to use Michigan’s extreme 1931 abortion ban to prosecute doctors and nurses and jail them for doing their jobs,” said Gov. Whitmer in a press release on Monday afternoon. “I will keep fighting like hell to protect women and health care providers.”
Gov. Whitmer’s motion can be viewed here.
Reviews of Gov. Whitmer’s actions were mixed on Twitter.
Get ‘em, Big Gretch!
— Maiza 🦦 George (@MaizaDrast) August 1, 2022
Perhaps you should take this as a sign, governor. Repent and submit to Jesus.
— Geno (@Boanerges111) August 1, 2022
I have asked before, you knew this was coming. Have you talked to Michigan lawmakers to come up with new laws on abortion in Michigan? You say things but have you worked on this.
— Sondra Dee (@RedMiaLoves5) August 1, 2022
Too bad you didn’t fight like hell to protect all those seniors you killed.
— Mother Of Dragons (@motherdragon402) August 1, 2022
In addition, Planned Parenthood says it will appeal the ruling.