Washtenaw County Prosecutor: ‘We will not be prosecuting’ abortions after new court ruling

Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit. (Eli Savit)

ANN ARBOR – Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit responded on Monday to a new ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals that will allow Michigan’s 83 county prosecutors to start enforcing the state’s 1931 abortion ban.

In a statement on his Twitter account, Savit said: “In the interim, please know that in Washtenaw, our office will NOT be prosecuting. Period.”

Read: Michigan court rules county prosecutors can enforce state’s 1931 abortion ban

Savit said Monday afternoon that seven county prosecutors have joined together to “protect safe and legal abortion in Michigan,” according to a statement shared on his Twitter account.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also responded to Monday’s ruling, stating that Democrat prosecuting attorneys have vowed not to enforce the ban.

The ruling comes after the United States Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion a constitutional right, leaving abortion rights up to individual states to decide.

Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban makes no exceptions for rape or incest and declares that all abortions are criminal and cannot be performed unless the mother’s life is at risk.

Read more: Michigan court blocks enforcement of state’s 1931 abortion ban if Roe is overturned

A Michigan Court of Claims judge in May granted a motion filed by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood that blocked the attorney general from enforcing the 91-year-old ban.

Nessel has said numerous times that she refuses impose the ban, even if Michigan courts reinstate it.

To learn more about the ruling and to see the order from the Court of Appeals, click here.

About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.