Supporters, foes speak on Roe v. Wade anniversary

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — On the 51st anniversary of Roe. v. Wade, Michigan lawmakers and organizations are speaking to the significance of the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that made access to abortion a federal right throughout the United States.

Roe v. Wade was overturned on June 24, 2022.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued a statement Monday on the landmark ruling’s 51st anniversary:

“It reminds us that we cannot rest on our laurels, trusting that the protections which rely solely on judicial precedent will remain constant over time; we must do more to ensure that our essential rights cannot be stolen on the whim of a single court’s opinion. But here in Michigan, we can also take today to celebrate our successes: the historic support in the petitioning and passage of Prop 3 and legislative advancements in repealing harmful laws which undermined the health, safety, and wellbeing of the people of our state.

Attorney General Dana Nessel, Jan. 22, 2024

In a news release Monday from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spoke to the importance of continued access to abortion:

Abortion care is health care. It is a constitutional right in Michigan, and we will continue to do all we can to protect and expand access to reproductive freedom. MDHHS will work with partners across the state to ensure nurses and doctors can do their jobs and support all Michigan residents as they make their own personal decisions about their health and their bodies.”

Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director, Jan. 22, 2024

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