Women in Michigan should be on notice. The reckless ruling by Judge Sima G. Patel prevents enforcement of the 24-hour waiting period and informed consent for abortion law and now allows for non-physicians to perform abortions. This dangerous move comes on the heels of Governor Gretchen Whitmer and her Democratic allies in Lansing removing common-sense health and safety standards for abortion clinics. There is no question that women are at greater risk when they enter an abortion clinic today than they were a year ago.

This decision presents an immediate threat to women considering an abortion in our state. The 24-hour waiting period and informed consent law has been in place for more than 30 years, providing women seeking an abortion with medically accurate information, including common risks associated with the procedure. As a result of this dangerous development and disregard for patients’ rights, women in Michigan are no longer guaranteed access to important facts.

Beyond the immediate threat to women’s well-being, the ruling is an affront to democracy and the will of the people of Michigan. Unable to gain the votes needed to overturn the 24-hour waiting period and informed consent in the state legislature, activists appealed to the courts under Proposal 3 to strip these protections. Moreover, an overwhelming majority of voters (66%) support the 24-hour waiting period and informed consent.*

*Marketing Resource Group (MRG) conducted a poll of registered voters in the state of Michigan, April 8 – 11, 2024 (614 Sample/MOE 4%).

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Right to Life of Michigan (RLM) is the state’s oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to advocating a choice for life for the youngest and oldest members of our human family. Since our founding in 1972, we have remained steadfast in our mission to educate the public on life issues, support legal protections for women’s health, the elderly, disabled and unborn children and support prolife candidates. RLM has 80 affiliates across the state and more than 282,550 members. The organization achieved 172 electoral victories in 2022 alone. With more than 50 life-affirming protections passed into law, RLM estimates more than 269,633 lives have been saved by just one legal protection. For more information, visit rtl.org.

For more information:

Anna-Marie Pluymert, Director of Education and Communications, (616) 532-2300, apluymert@rtl.org.