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Rep. Borton: After Supreme Court ruling, states can save lives
RELEASE|June 24, 2022
Contact: Ken Borton

State Rep. Ken Borton today praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that the Constitution allows states to protect innocent human life before birth by preventing abortion.

“The Supreme Court had told states they couldn’t prevent the tragedy of abortion, and millions of boys and girls have lost their lives as a result,” said Borton, R-Gaylord. “Finally, the court has overturned this awful, wrong decision. Now, working through our state government, we can save lives from abortion.”

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a Mississippi law generally prohibiting abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A majority of the justices specifically ruled that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion,” overturning precedents in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and instead returning “the authority to regulate abortion … to the people and their elected representatives.”

A Michigan law does prohibit abortion in most cases, beginning at conception. However, a state judge recently issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit claiming the Michigan Constitution protects a right to abortion. The injunction temporarily prevents enforcement of the law while the case moves forward, but the Legislature has intervened in the case to defend the statute.

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