CV NEWS FEED // Michigan’s Democratic attorney general filed a motion on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit that could overturn the state’s constitutional amendment legalizing abortion.
Right to Life of Michigan filed a lawsuit against the state in November 2023, seeking to reverse a constitutional amendment known as Proposal 3. Roughly 57% of Michigan voters approved the amendment in 2022, which added a “right” to abortion and “reproductive freedom” to the constitution.
Right to Life of Michigan challenged the amendment and argued that it unconstitutionally violates religious freedom rights protected by the First Amendment. The lawsuit also argued that Proposal 3 violates the “equal protection” clause of the 14th Amendment.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel claimed on Tuesday that Right to Life of Michigan lacks standing to file such a complaint and asked a federal court to dismiss the lawsuit.
“The plaintiffs in this case seek to undermine the will of Michigan voters, whose overwhelming support for Proposition 3 in the wake of Roe being overturned ensured that the people of our state are guaranteed agency over their own personal medical decisions,” Nessel said in a press release. “Our judicial system does not allow individuals to control the behavior of their fellow residents on the basis of conjecture and hypothetical scenarios.”
According to Michigan Advance, Right to Life of Michigan Genevieve Marnon said that she “isn’t surprised” that Nessel is trying to dismiss the lawsuit.
“The goal of the lawsuit remains the same, which is to show that certain elements of Proposal 3 violate the Federal Constitution’s 1st and 14th amendments as well as the Guarantee Clause by denying equal protection to pregnant women, stripping parents of their rights over their children, interfering with the conscience rights of providers, denying the unborn due process, and creating a “super right” immune from legislative action,” Marnon said.