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Judge blocks Michigan abortion waiting period, two years after voters approved abortion rights

Judge blocks Michigan abortion waiting period, two years after voters approved abortion rights

Judge blocks Michigan abortion waiting period, two years after voters approved abortion rights

ED BLANCO, Associated Press

8 minutes ago

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday blocked Michigan’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions, saying it conflicts with a 2022 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution that guarantees the right to abortion.

The waiting period “forces patients into unnecessary delays after they can consent to a procedure, burdening them and infringing on a patient’s access to abortion care,” said Judge Sima Patel of the Court of Appeals. Claims.


Patel issued a preliminary injunction against the waiting period, which has been in place for years, and also blocked parts of state law that require abortion providers to provide information about adoption and depictions of the fetus.

The judge also suspended Michigan’s requirement that only a doctor can perform an abortion, noting that it excluded nurses, physician assistants and qualified nurse-midwives.

“This exacerbates the existing provider shortage, leading to large areas of Michigan currently lacking doctors to provide abortion care,” Patel said.

The lawsuit was filed by Northland Family Planning Centers and a group called Medical Students for Choice. The legal challenge will continue as long as the court order is in effect.

State attorneys who had to defend the laws said a waiting period simply gave someone time to reflect on an important decision.

Nearly 57% of voters added abortion rights to the state constitution in 2022, months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer praised the court order.

“By removing these barriers to reproductive health care, we will ensure that Michigan is a state where you can make the best medical decisions for you and your family in consultation with your doctor,” Whitmer said.

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