Planned Parenthood of Michigan's top physician vigorously waves a caution flag about jeopardy for a choice we can't take for granted.
"In one year, abortion could be illegal in Michigan," Dr. Sarah Wallett writes at Michigan Advance. The Ann Arbor-based nonprofit's chief medical officer explains why:
Michiganders never repealed the 1931 law banning abortion that was in effect when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe [vs. Wade in 1973]. ...
If Michigan’s old abortion ban goes into effect, it will have devastating, real-life consequences for tens of thousands of our friends and loved ones each year – people who don’t want to be pregnant and don’t want to be parents, and will now be forced to unless they’re lucky enough to have other options.
The Supreme Court, considered to have its most conservative makeup in decades, hears arguments Dec. 1 on a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks. The case could alter the ruling that established a constitutional right to an abortion during the first three months of pregnancy.
Wallett, who earned a master's of public health at the University of Michigan in 2015 (six years after becoming a doctor), moved north from Memphis in spring 2019 to join the state Planned Parenthood affiliate. She had been chief medical officer at the organization's Tennessee and North Mississippi branch
In her guest column at the Lansing-based news site, the South Carolina native sets aside the political debate to discuss "what this means for my patients."
Compared to those are denied abortions, [studies show] people who receive a wanted abortion are more financially stable, set more ambitious goals, raise children under more stable conditions, and are more likely to have a wanted child later. That is what I want for my patients and all Michiganders – a future of safety and security and love.