August 23, 2022

Michigan County Judge Blocks 1931 Abortion Ban

Oakland County Judge Jacob Cunningham issued a ruling on Aug. 19 blocking the enforcement of Michigan's 1931 abortion ban.

Planned Parenthood, anticipating a decision to overrule Roe v. Wade, filed a lawsuit in April to have the law blocked. A temporary injunction was placed in May. Pro-life prosecutors have asked a Court of Appeals to rule on the issue, while Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has filed her own lawsuit in hopes of overturning the law.

Cunningham wrote in his ruling “A person carrying a child has the right to bodily autonomy and integrity as well as a safe doctor-patient relationship free from government interference, as they have been able to do so for nearly 50 years.”

“As currently applied, the court finds (the abortion law) is chilling and dangerous to our state’s population of childbearing people and the medical professionals who care for them,” Cunningham continued. “The harm to the body of women and people capable of pregnancy in not issuing the injunction could not be more real, clear, present and dangerous to the court.”