(FixThisNation.com) – Michigan’s Democratic-majority legislature has voted to have the state’s abortion ban from 1931 repealed. The bill has now been sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) desk for a signature.
The bill to overturn the 1931 law was approved by the state Senate on Wednesday. Previously abortions were a felony which could lead to up to 4 years imprisonment. There was an exception to this if the life of the mother was in danger because of the pregnancy. The vote first passed through the state House last week along party lines.
1931 had been unenforced for decades following the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade 1973 when it was established that abortions were a federal right. However, the Supreme Court last June overturned the decision which led to confusion about whether or not 1931 was still in effect.
In September, a Michigan judge determined that the ban was in violation of the state’s constitution and thus, could not be enforced. This decision solidified abortion rights in the Michigan constitution.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) praised the repeal of the law which she referred to as “antiquated.” She further stated that this was “a victory for millions of Michigan residents who, like myself, value bodily integrity and personal freedom.”
She continued by saying that the elected officials had clearly shown that they would listen to the people of Michigan and that following the overturning of Roe v. Wade they would continue to fight for “residents’ health, safety, and wellbeing.”
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