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LARA Communication Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision

LARA Communication Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Access to medical care for all Michigan citizens, including women facing the difficult decision to seek abortion, is of paramount importance. LARA knows that treating these women and being able to use your abilities and judgment to determine the best course of care in each individual circumstance is part of your oath as medical professionals, and understands that you wish to continue to offer these services, as the law permits. 

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a woman's constitutional right to abortion services. Under this decision, laws and court rulings in each state guide how health professionals provide abortions and abortion-related services. In Michigan, there is an injunction in place, based on a court order prior to Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision, that protects women seeking abortion services and the health care professionals assisting them. That order states, "Defendant [the Attorney General] and anyone acting under defendant's control and supervision ,see MCL 14.30, are hereby enjoined during the pendency of this action from enforcing MCL 750.14." The order also provided that the Attorney General give immediate notice of the preliminary injunction to all state and local officials acting under her supervision. It is LARA's position that abortion remains legal in Michigan because of the current in junction that prohibits enforcement of the 1931 law. 

LARA understands that you may have some concerns about how continuing to provide medical and surgical services to women seeking abortion may impact your professional license. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will not take any action against any health professionals for providing legal abortion services while the current injunction remains in place.

Thank you for your commitment to providing services to women in need and to all Michigan citizens.