ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 24, 2022) — Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) issued the following statement after today’s announcement of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling onDobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which strikes down the constitutional right to an abortion:

“Michigan now has a near complete ban on abortion that threatens the life, health, and well-being of every pregnant person. People will die because of this decision. Our laws have no exception for rape, incest, or the viability of the fetus, and provide only an extremely vague exception to protect the life of the mother. Our state legislature must immediately get back to Lansing, and pass legislation that guarantees reproductive rights.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is an unjustified and unprecedented destruction of a guaranteed constitutional right of privacy. Eroding our right to privacy hurts every American. The far-right justices acted on extremist, political, and religious ideologies, setting our nation back with the backwards philosophy that people cannot make decisions about their own bodies.”