LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Pro-abortion individuals and groups statewide, from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel to Planned Parenthood, reacted to the Michigan Court of Appeals ruling Monday that said county prosecutors can enforce Michigan’s 1931 ban on abortion.

This ruling came down despite a state judge’s injunction that blocks state officials from enforcing the ban.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted Monday about how she will continue “fight like hell” for the legal right to an abortion.

 

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Whitmer has repeatedly voiced her concern over a woman’s ability to make decisions with her doctor without political interference. While closing down hundreds of other businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Whitmer kept abortion clinic open, claiming their services were “life-sustaining.”

This past spring, Attorney General Dana Nessel vowed repeatedly to not defend the 1931 abortion ban. She reiterated that stance on Monday.

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Planned Parenthood of Michigan held a press conference Monday after the ruling, saying the decision does not go into effect for 21 days and they will fight it.

Planned Parenthood has boasted its provides birth control counseling, breast exams, and services for transgendered patients, while abortion services only account for 3% of its business, according to a national report.

Tudor Dixon, the GOP frontrunner to win in Tuesday’s primary and go up against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November, is endorsed by the Michigan Right to Life-PAC. Tori Sachs with the Michigan Freedom Fund pointed out that Whitmer will be vulnerable going up against another woman if Dixon wins.

“Whitmer’s position is to support abortion up until birth,” Sachs said. “As long as we have a good messenger like Tudor, I feel good for Republican chances.”

Michigan’s primary is Tuesday, August 2 and polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.