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AG Nessel Issues Statement Following Abortion Victory

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the statement below following the issuance of a preliminary injunction by Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jacob Cunningham in Whitmer v Linderman:

“Abortion is critical healthcare.  Uncertainty around the law has a chilling effect on the conduct of doctors and therefore limits access to care for Michigan women.  Maintaining access to reproductive healthcare is absolutely necessary for the health and well-being of women and it is our duty to ensure that access for the roughly two million women of reproductive age who call Michigan home.

Absent this preliminary injunction, physicians face a very real threat of prosecution depending on where they practice.  There is no doubt that the statue criminalizing abortion is in direct conflict with the ability of the medical community to provide the standard of care consistent with their education, training, expertise and oath.  

Women do not need to be protected from themselves by denying them the ability to make personal medical decisions consistent with their own moral, cultural, religious and ethical beliefs.  Restricting access to reproductive healthcare jeopardizes the ability of physicians to deliver appropriate care and it denies women the right to decide the most intimate issues regarding their health, their bodies and their lives.”