Detroit Evening Report, Aug. 1, 2022: Michigan court rules prosecutors can enforce abortion ban; judge grants Whitmer request to block enforcement

An abortion rights supporter holds up a sign that says "My Body My Rights" during a protest

A group of protesters holds up signs during the rally in front of the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse on Friday, June 24, in Detroit.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that county prosecutors can soon enforce the state’s 91-year-old abortion ban — and then hours later a judge granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a court order to block enforcement of the ban. The 1931 law prohibits abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. Enforcement of the law was stopped by an injunction put in place before a June ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and returned control of abortion access to each state to decide. Monday’s ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals empowers some Republican prosecutors who have said they plan to charge abortion providers. Seven Democratic prosecutors – including Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy – have said they do not intend to charge doctors who perform abortions or patients who get them.

Other headlines for Aug. 1, 2022:

  • Detroit City Council holds special session to push forward plans to rehab former Fisher Body Plant
  • Wayne County judge should be removed from office over misconduct, state agency says
  • Wayne State University President M Roy Wilson stepping down next year
  • Election Day: Detroiters will vote in crowded races for the 12th and 13th congressional districts

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  • Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.