LANSING, Mich., June 24, 2022 — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The ruling overturns Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. This means that each individual state can set its own laws on abortion. Michigan abortion law now reverts to a 1931 law making it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion or for a person to assist in one. Justice Alito stated in his opinion, “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.” In response to the court’s decision, state Rep. Christine Morse (D-Texas Township) issued the following statement:


“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe ignores 50 years of women’s right to bodily autonomy. Further, women are not even included in the Constitution, it is absurd to base a decision, especially one of this magnitude, on the fact that a medical procedure was not specifically included in the Constitution. The Supreme Court is essentially stating that women have no right to decide what happens in their own bodies, which should be a basic human right. I am one of thousands and thousands of women who had to make this choice, and my decision to have an abortion saved my life; that choice is now gone. Access to reproductive health is a basic human right, and I will not stop fighting until this human right is again secured for all citizens.”