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Michigan’s 1931 Abortion Ban Blocked by Judge During Lawsuit

  • State law criminalizing procedure can’t be enforced for now
  • Anti-abortion group says ruling doesn’t consider unborn lives
Abortion rights demonstrators in Lansing, Michigan on July 4.

Abortion rights demonstrators in Lansing, Michigan on July 4.

Photographer: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg
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Abortion remains legal in Michigan after Governor Gretchen Whitmer won a court order blocking enforcement -- for now -- of a 91-year-old ban that could have become law following the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A preliminary injunction was issued Friday by Circuit Court Judge Jacob Cunningham in Pontiac, Michigan, putting the law on hold while the Democratic governor sues to vacate the statute. The law had already been put on hold earlier by the same judge with a temporary restraining order.