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Judge suspends Michigan's dormant 1931 abortion ban

Hundreds of protesters stand outside the Michigan State Capitol holding signs in support of rights.
Melorie Begay
Hundreds gathered at a recent "Defend Roe" rally at the Michigan State Capitol.

A judge has suspended Michigan’s dormant ban on abortion, saying it likely violates the state constitution.

The law makes it a crime to assist in an abortion. It has been on the books since 1931.

But it has had no practical effect since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973.

The Supreme Court could overturn that decision by summer, leaving abortion issues to each state.

Judge Elizabeth Gleicher granted a preliminary injunction sought by Planned Parenthood of Michigan.

The judge says there's “no doubt” that a right to “bodily integrity” in Michigan includes a right to end a pregnancy.

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