Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged other Democratic politicians to pass legislation protecting women’s access to abortion before the Supreme Court issued its decision Roe v. Calf.
Liberals panicked after a draft Supreme Court decision was leaked that indicated the court is likely to overturn the landmark Roe v. calf Decision that established abortion rights in the United States in 1973.
“I will not sit on my hands waiting for Congress to do something,” Whitmer wrote an op ed in the New York Times.
“Whether through legislation, executive action, ballot initiatives or civic engagement, the response to the overtly political rule of a supposedly apolitical, unelected body is to get involved in every way and at all levels,” she added.
Michigan has a dormant 1931 law banning the vast majority of abortions that is not currently in effect Roe v. calf. If that decision is overturned, the law will go into effect, effectively banning most abortions in the state.
“If the Supreme Court does what it is willing to do, overnight we will go from a pro-choice state where women have full access to health care to one with one of the most extreme laws in the country,” Whitmer said in one speech about the decision.
Whitmer explains in the comment that a lawsuit she filed challenging the Michigan statute of 1931 advocates abortion rights based on due process and the equal protection clauses in the Michigan state constitution. She adds that she hopes others in their states can use the same argument to defend abortion.
“We can all feel the hopelessness and despair felt by tens of millions of American women—our neighbors, family members and friends. But desperation is a choice and pessimism is a luxury,” she continued.
“We must take unprecedented steps to protect the right to vote,” concluded Whitmer.
Here is more about Whitmer’s letter:
Whitmer fights against the abortion ban
https://www.theblaze.com/news/gov-gretchen-whitmer-calls-on-democrat-politicians-to-pass-pro-abortion-laws-before-supreme-court-issues-roe-v-wade-decision Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging Democratic politicians to pass abortion legislation before the Supreme Court rules in the Roe v. Wade waives