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A Michigan law from 1931 would make abortion a felony if Roe falls

In Michigan, the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade could have significant ramifications, as an old state law dating back to 1931 would make nearly all abortions felonies overnight. The law, never repealed after Roe, could lead to prosecution not only for those providing abortions but also for individuals self-aborting or seeking medical care after self-abortion attempts. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has expressed concern over the law's ambiguity and its potential chilling effect on healthcare professionals, who may stop offering abortions due to fear of prosecution. Click here for article.

  • Immediate Impact: If Roe v. Wade is overturned, an old Michigan law would criminalize nearly all abortions, presenting significant legal and ethical challenges.

  • Ambiguity and Uncertainty: The 1931 law lacks clear guidelines, leaving healthcare providers unsure of how to interpret and enforce it, particularly regarding abortions deemed necessary to preserve a woman's life.

  • Legal Challenges: Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Planned Parenthood have filed lawsuits seeking to block the 1931 law from taking effect, but the outcome remains uncertain pending a Supreme Court decision on Roe.

  • Potential Healthcare Crisis: The confusion and legal risks associated with the 1931 law could lead to a chilling effect among healthcare professionals, potentially resulting in a scarcity of abortion services and violating the Hippocratic oath to provide care.

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