LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan and its supporters gathered in front of the Michigan Capitol to protest the potential overturning of Roe V. Wade that was outlined in a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion.
6 News was at the protest where more than 200 people gathered on the Capitol steps and lawn to hear from activists and lawmakers. Supporters came from around the state to voice their concerns.
In addition to pro-choice supporters, politicians and representatives are working on several fronts to ensure abortion rights remain in Michigan.
State Representative Julie Brixie is one of those politicians.
“Abortion is a decision that an individual should make, in consulting with their family. And with their doctor, and the government doesn’t belong in those places,” said Brixie.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that she will be filing a lawsuit if this Roe v. Wade is overturned.
But as hard as some people are working to preserve abortion rights, others are working to support the existing Michigan law that bans abortions.
“We’ve worked to try to overturn it, we’ve been respectful,” said Monroe County Rep. T.C. Clements We’ve played within the rules and let the system work and now my only hope is wherever we go forward, that the same will hold try to those who may not be happy with the decision.”
The group said in a promotional message for the event that abortion is still legal in Michigan right now, but an old law from 1931 could go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
“The Supreme Court leak makes it clear that our deepest fears are coming true. We are at a crisis moment for abortion access,” Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan said.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel held a press conference Tuesday and talked in great length about the effects of Roe v. Wade being overturned, specifically referencing the law from 1931.
The protest was planned for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with many protesters staying well after planned speakers were done. Protesters said their goal is to keep abortion safe and legal.
Earlier Tuesday, Right to Life of Michigan met with lawmakers in Lansing for a planned legislative day. One of the organizers said although the event was scheduled a long time ago, they were happy to be meeting in light of the good news for the group.