LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday called on the Republican-controlled legislature to repeal a 90-year-old law criminalizing abortion in Michigan, warning that the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn women’s constitutional right to abortion.
GOP legislators were not immediately available for comment. But they are against abortion and are unlikely to support the governor’s request. A bill that would repeal 1931 law has stalled in a Senate committee.
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Whitmer appealed her days after the high court decided not to block a law bans most abortions in Texas, where judges say it was probably not the last word, and other challenges may be brought. She said the court 5-4 orders “Puts the United States at Risk of Overthrowing Roe v. Wade,” the 1973 landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. She called Michigan’s law “creepy.”
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“Fortunately, the dangerous, outdated law is being replaced by Roe v. Wade, but if the U.S. Supreme Court overthrows Roe, Michigan law and others like it could come into force again in dozens of states that will disproportionately affect black and brown communities,” she said. in a statement. “I have always stood by those who are fighting for their right to vote, and I will not stop now.”
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