Michigan Axes 1931 Ban on Abortion


Abortion is one of the most polemical issues in American politics today. There are some people who hold black-and-white views on abortion. Then, there are others who approach the subject of ending a pregnancy with more nuance.

After Roe v. Wade was reversed by the Supreme Court last year in June, states received the right to make their own choices about permissible access to abortion. Red states have largely moved to limit the procedure, whereas blue states are working to ensure abortion is easier to access.

In Michigan, the state made a huge step this week in removing barriers to abortion access.

The end of 1931’s abortion ban

Last year, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved Proposal 3 to the state’s Constitution. Put simply, this proposal added to the Michigan Constitution a right to “reproductive freedom” covering all matters regarding pregnancy, birth control, abortion, infertility treatment, etc.

With the success of Proposal 3, Michigan’s 1931 law banning abortion even in cases of rape and incest became null and void. However, the state still officially repealed the archaic law this week.