Rep. Slotkin Statement on Oakland County Circuit Court Ruling

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August 19, 2022

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Rep. Slotkin Statement on Oakland County Circuit Court Ruling

LANSING, Mich.— Today, a circuit court in Oakland County, Michigan ruled that county prosecutors were still not permitted to prosecute women or doctors who perform abortions in their jurisdictions. Upon hearing of the ruling, U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin issued the following statement:

“I’m glad the court chose to stop the 1931 abortion ban from going into effect. It’s the right call,” said Slotkin. “Reasonable people may disagree about their personal views on abortion. But women across my district tell me that while they wouldn’t have an abortion themselves, they would never tell another woman how to live her life because they’ve never walked in that woman’s shoes. At the heart of it, this is about personal freedom and whether we in Michigan support freedom over lawyers and government telling individuals how to live their lives. 

So this court ruling is an important, temporary action. But as we’ve seen in places like Texas and Louisiana, doctors have stopped providing any abortion—even to a woman who has been raped, or to a woman who is miscarrying—for fear that it could land them in jail. So while this decision is positive, now, even before a ban goes into effect, the judicial back-and-forth is causing providers to curtail services.

Meanwhile, I find myself running against an opponent who is desperate for a total ban to go into effect. He campaigns on being ‘100% Pro-Life—No Exceptions,’ including for rape or incest or when the life of the mother is at risk. He’s made clear that, for as much as he cares about freedom when it’s his own, he’s more than willing to strip women of theirs.

Thanks to the people of Michigan, these court cases won’t be the final word on our personal freedom. More than 750,000 signatures were submitted for a ballot initiative that would make legal the Roe standard in the state constitution and settle the question once and for all. The personal freedom of Michigan women is most certainly on the ballot this fall.

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