Pro-choice protesters gather at the Supreme Court on May 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. The Alabama abortion law, signed by Gov. Kay Ivey last week, includes no exceptions for cases of rape and incest, outlawing all abortions except when necessary to prevent serious health problems for the woman.| Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
The state House adopted a resolution Tuesday to “call for the enforcement of all laws regulating or limiting the practice of abortion” in Michigan amid the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to hear challenges against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established the constitutional right to abortion at least in the first trimester of pregnancy.
House Resolution 22, introduced by state Rep. Luke Meerman (R-Coopersville) is not binding and does not prohibit abortions in the state.
“My resolution does not change the law, but it is a reminder to this chamber that the Michigan Legislature and the citizens of Michigan have consistently advocated for the lives of preborn,” Meerman said.
If Roe v. Wade is overturned in the Supreme Court, the power to decide whether or not abortion is legal will be up to the states. In Michigan, the last abortion law in the books is from 1931, which made any abortion a felony unless the woman’s life was at risk.
According to a study done by Pew Research Center in January 2020, 54% of Michiganders believe abortion should legal in all or most cases.
Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia) denounced the resolution, saying it “pushes aside the rights of an actual living, breathing person with a uterus in favor of, apparently, a hypothetical or potential child.”
“This resolution is offensive in a myriad of ways, but it does get one thing right. There is a failure in society to support and empower women, and this resolution that seeks to eliminate a person’s choice is a prime example of just that,” Pohutsky said. “The real way society fails to support women is the wage gap, lack of affordable, reliable childcare, zero paid leave after delivering a child, people returning to work while they are still bleeding after they give birth or miscarry. Abortion does not represent how society fails to support women. It represents the right for a person to choose what is best for their body, their life and their future.”
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