Detroit Evening Report: May 3, 2022: Local politicians react to draft opinion on Roe v. Wade


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Politicians throughout Metro Detroit are reacting to a draft opinion leaked from the U.S. Supreme Court. The document appears to show a majority of justices supporting a ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade.  That 1973 case made abortion legal throughout the United States. Chief Justice John Roberts has said the draft opinion is authentic.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently filed suit to ensure abortion rights in Michigan. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, the state would revert to a 1931 law that made all abortions illegal, except to protect the life of the mother. Some Democratic candidates for the 13th Congressional District have already issued appeals for campaign funds based on the draft ruling. A protest in support of abortion rights is scheduled to take place this evening in downtown Detroit. The Supreme Court is expected to issue an actual ruling within a couple of months.

Other headlines for May 3, 2022:

  • Two Wayne County employees have been charged with embezzling $1.7 million
  • Mayor Duggan and Gilbert Family Foundation announce multimillion-dollar fund for home repairs
  • River otter, which has been missing from the Detroit River for decades, spotted in the river
  • Detroit residents should keep an eye out for localized flooding Tuesday evening

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  • Jerome Vaughn

    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.