State Court of The lawsuit judge ruled on Wednesday that a 1931 Michigan law banning abortion is unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction that stops enforcement. of law for observable future.
Court of Claims against the rulings of Judge Elisabeth Gleicher up legal showdown over whether its ban of enforcement of Michigan law 91-year- old abortion ban extends to the county prosecutors.
Gleicher’s order final resolution in Planned Parenthood of Michigan case against Attorney General Dana Nessel, includes instructions for Nessel will advise Michigan County prosecutors that the law was declared unconstitutional.
After the decision of the US Supreme Court on June 24, which overturned half-century of right to abortion on in national level, Michigan’s long dormant ban on abortion in all cases except life saving of in mother was in the spotlight of intensive trial battles this summer.
Court of Appeal panel ruled by Gleicher decisions in case is not binding on county prosecutors but it is decision was appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Gleicher said on Wednesday that the appeals court panel”unprecedented order” does not bind her court and casts doubt on “accuracy” of This is the conclusion reached by the judges of the appellate instance.
The state ban on abortion, wrote Gleicher, “seems unconstitutional, because its observance would deprive pregnant women of women of their right to physical integrity and autonomy, as well as equal protection of law.”
The law would “endanger the health and life of of women seeking to exercise their constitutional right to an abortion,” she said. also threatens pregnant women with irreparable injury because without having of abortion services, women adequate, safe and constitutionally protected medical care will be denied.”
David Cullman, Attorney who represents Jackson County Attorney Gerard Jarzinka and Kent County Attorney Chris Becker questioned the judge’s conclusion that she was not bound by the court’s obligations. of Appeal opinion involving county prosecutors noting that she was named defendant in appeal.
Were his clients not bound by a separate preliminary injunction? out of Auckland County against 13 district prosecutors said Cullman they won’t obey with Gleicher’s order.
“That doesn’t apply to them,” Kallman said. of Gleicher’s order. “They are not agents of advocate general. They are their own separately elected protected by the Constitution office.
“If they try to force it on any other of 70 prosecutors in state” not associated with Oakland County decisionCullman added”we would be happy to represent them.”
But planned parenthood of Michigan celebrated decision how “critical victory” for abortion access in Michigan.
“Today’s Judgment of The ruling on claims will ensure which Michigans can continue to make deeply personal decisions about their health, life and future without interference from government officials,” said Dr. Sarah Wallett, Chief Medical Officer operating Officer for in group and plaintiff in a business.
The rest of the cases with supreme court
Michigan’s abortion ban, enacted prior to Gleicher’s order on Wednesday, was blocked from enforcement based on Gleicher’s May preliminary injunction. in Planned Parenthood case and August preliminary injunction by Oakland County Circuit Judge Jacob Cunningham in case filed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer against District 13 prosecutors.
There are three different queries related to these cases. currently before the Michigan Supreme Court.
One of these requests will be challenged by the court of Appeals decision refusal to exclude Gleicher from the Planned Parenthood case; one goes to court of Appeals decision excluding county prosecutors by order of Gleicher; and Executive Message from Whitmer Requests High Court Hearing of her county of Auckland challenge.
Planned Parenthood and Whitmer filed their lawsuits within hours of each other on April 7 in expectation of U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs of June 24 decision overturning half-century of the right to abortion under the US Constitution and sending the question of legality of abortion back to the states. Both suits seek a court ruling that Michigan’s constitution includes the right to abortion.
In her ruling on Wednesday, Gleicher reiterated her conclusion that the Michigan Constitution’s right to bodily integrity and extended on holding that the constitutional right to due process is “broad enough to include women’s right to an abortion.”
“A law prohibiting safe, routine medical care, not only women of them ability manage their body and their life – it deprives them of their dignity,” wrote Gleicher. Michigan Constitution prohibits this violation of because of the process.”
Gleicher denied petition to stop family planning activities of The Michigan case, filed by the GOP-led House and Senate, rejects arguments of no factual contention or no status.
Was there a dispute when the case was first filed in April or when Gleicher issued a preliminary injunction in May doesn’t matter in light of US Supreme Court decision in June cancels his landmark Rowe v. Wade case decisionGleicher wrote.
“More importantly, several counties prosecutors have public express intent to prosecute of abortion providers, unless they are prohibited from doing so,” the judge wrote.
Nessel, Whitmer being weighed in
Nessel, who is a named defendant in case, but vowed not to enforce the abortion ban, Gleicher noted decision Wednesday.
‘While legal victories like today’s reserve access for abortion treatment for now, providing women have the right to personal health care decisions today and in in future must be held in a vote box”Nessel said.
Whitmer praised decision but warned that it is not final word on right to abortion in Michigan.
“This decision can be challenged and we know what is group of extremists who will stop at nothing to ban abortion even in cases of rape and incest,” the Democratic governor said. in statement. “With our rights still hanging in the balance, the Michigan Supreme Court must provide certainty and rule on my abortion right lawsuit in state constitution.”