LANSING, Mich., June 24, 2022 — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This decision on Dobbs upholds the Mississippi law that places a ban on abortion after 15 weeks as constitutional. By upholding this law, Roe v. Wade is overturned — thus, allowing states to place a ban on abortions, severely limiting the right to abortion throughout the country.
“The court’s opinion in Dobbs is a direct threat to Americans’ rights to reproductive health and choice. The decision to uphold the Mississippi law is an assault on Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for almost 50 years,” said state Rep. Mary Cavanagh (D-Redford). “I am resolutely committed to protecting all individuals’ reproductive rights — this means making sure Michiganders have the ability to make individual choices about health care, birth control, pregnancy and having children.”
Cavanagh has demonstrated her dedication to reproductive rights by supporting the Reproductive Health Act — which guarantees individuals are free to make independent decisions about their own reproductive health — as with House Bills 5542–5548.
“I have been fighting tirelessly for reproductive rights, freedoms and health, and I’ve been in this battle because people’s lives and autonomies are on the line,” Cavanagh said. “In light of the court’s decision, it’s up to each state to protect reproductive freedom, which means our legislature must vote to repeal Michigan’s draconian 1931 abortion ban. It is my promise to fight harder than ever.”