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Judge Issues Order to Stop Prosecution of Abortion Care

LANSING – Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Cunningham granted a temporary restraining order to prohibit enforcement of Michigan’s 1931 statute criminalizing abortion.  The injunction prohibits local county prosecutors from criminally prosecuting abortion in Michigan while the order is pending. 

The Michigan Department of Attorney General filed a motion for a temporary restraining order on Monday after the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a ruling that Michigan’s local county prosecutors are not bound by an injunction issued by Judge Elizabeth Gleicher in May.

“The legal fight in Michigan continues and this temporary restraining order ensures prosecutors cannot target women or providers in the short-term,” said Nessel.  “Women should feel comfortable to move forward with their planned medical procedures and providers in those counties should feel confident to practice medicine free from the threat of prosecution while my department continues to pursue all legal options available to ensure reproductive healthcare in our state.”