Michigan campaign to protect the right to abortion in the ballot sees an explosion of volunteers | Michigan News | Detroit

click to enlarge Detroiters march for abortion rights after news that 'Roe v. Wade' could soon be destroyed.  - MARC KLOKOW

Marc Klok

Detroiters march for abortion rights after news that ‘Roe v. Wade’ could soon be destroyed.

Since March, Reproductive Freedom for All has petitioned to get a measure on the November vote in Michigan confirming the right to abortion. Interest in the organization’s efforts to amend the state’s constitution has skyrocketed since a draft Supreme Court opinion was quashed Roe v. Wade leaked on Monday.

In just 24 hours, the organization saw about 900 additional volunteers sign up to help collect signatures for the campaign. axios reports. Previously, the campaign had a total of about 2,000 volunteers.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. If the landmark Roe v. Wade If the decision is overturned, the outdated 1931 abortion ban would be enforceable in Michigan. This means that doctors who perform abortions and women who abort themselves can be prosecuted with no exceptions for rape or incest cases. The law was deemed unconstitutional after the roe decision, but was never revoked and is still on the books.

“Unfortunately, it takes a horrific leak of the draft decision to show people what is happening,” said Dana Chicklas, spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. axios

The battle is on as Michigan Democrats take preventive action and pledge to protect abortion rights. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted Tuesday that she would “continue to fight like hell” to ensure abortion remains safe and legal in the state. Meanwhile, Attorney General Dana Nessel pledged at a news conference not to prosecute women or doctors under the 1931 abortion ban.

“I will not enforce the law, nor will I defend the law, which I believe is unconstitutional,” Nessel said at Tuesday’s conference. She added: “I don’t want to do anything that seriously hurts or kills women. This is not what I’m going to use the state’s resources for.”

Whitmer also filed a lawsuit in April, urging the courts to decide whether abortion is protected by the Michigan Constitution.

To qualify for the November vote, Reproductive Freedom for All must collect 425,059 signatures from registered voters in Michigan by July 11. If the proposal goes to the vote and is passed, it would come into effect 45 days later.

State Representative Laurie Pohutsky, D-Livonia, called the vote the best chance to protect abortion rights.

“Given the crisis situation we are in right now, when people ask me, ‘What can I do?’ I’m sending them to that voting initiative,” she reportedly said:, add. “It’s going to be hugely popular and it’s more manageable than flipping both chambers and keeping a Democratic governor.”

More information about the effort is available at mireproductivefreedom.org.

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