The Abortion Ban Repeal

S.B. 70 – Sen. Erica Geiss
S.B. 71 – Sen. Rosemary Beyer
S.B. 72 – Sen. Stephanie Chang
S.B. 73 – Sen. Winnie Brinks

Current Status

S.B. 70, 71, 72, and 73 were all introduced on February 2, 2021 and were referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Description

Collectively, this bill package would repeal Michigan’s long-standing abortion ban and remove any reference to that law in other sections including criminal sentencing guidelines.

Background

Michigan’s prohibition on abortion except to save the life of the mother has been in place since 1846.  Because of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, it cannot be fully enforced. Pro-abortion legislators have begun introducing legislation to repeal this long-standing law for the past few years as they begin to anticipate Roe’s overturning and the abortion decision being sent back to the states. Fortunately, Michigan currently maintains a prolife “firewall” against a repeal of our long-standing ban on abortion.

History

The Supreme Court has had a liberal majority continuously from 1973 when Roe was passed until Justice Kavanaugh was seated in 2016. Prior to four years ago, bills to repeal our abortion ban had not been introduced. Several “progressive” states have moved to repeal long-standing abortion bans in their states as some “conservative” states have moved to strengthen legal protections for the unborn indicating preparation for the eventual overturning of Roe.