LANSING, Mich., May 17, 2022 — A Michigan Court of Claims judge has temporarily stayed the enforcement of the 1931 law that bans abortion in nearly every instance in Michigan. If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the law would have taken effect.

“This is great news for the fundamental right of people to make the reproductive health care choices that are right for them, including abortions. Although it is a promising step, the fight is far from over,” said state Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia), chair of the Progressive Women’s Caucus. “I look forward to the next step in the process where, hopefully, we will see this archaic law taken off the books.”

“I applaud this ruling, but it is just one of the ways House Democrats and our allies are striving to protect reproductive health care,” said House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Township). “We will continue to push for passage of the Reproductive Health Act in the Legislature and amending the Michigan Constitution to enshrine bodily autonomy as a full, legal right in our state.”