June 3, 2022

Michigan Gov. Orders State Agencies to Protect Abortionists from Investigations

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D)
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) issued an executive order on May 25 barring Michigan state agencies from cooperating with authorities from other states that are investigating abortion-related crimes.

Additionally, the order requires state agencies to "identify and assess potential opportunities to increase protections for reproductive health care."

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel released a statement applauding Whitmer's order.

“It is incumbent upon those of us who hold public office to exercise the full authority of our positions to extend support and protection for women in our state — and our country,” Nessel said. “That is why I have made clear that I will not use the resources of my office to enforce or defend Michigan’s 1931 statute criminalizing abortion. I refuse to put millions of Michigan women at risk by restricting their access to safe abortions.”

Michigan's 1931 ban was recently suspended by Judge Elizabeth Gleicher. She did not recuse herself, despite the fact that she argued against the same law on behalf of Planned Parenthood in 1997.

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