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Michigan Supreme Court dismisses last of abortion cases

 The Michigan Supreme Court
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The Michigan Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court issued the final orders today formally dismissing two abortion rights cases.

We have more from Rick Pluta.

In neutral language, the orders say the Supreme Court sees no reason to take up the cases. That’s because voters settled the question last year by adopting a reproductive rights amendment to the state constitution. The cases were filed before the election. The Legislature’s new Democratic majorities also repealed the 1931 abortion law that was at issue in one of the lawsuits.

The Supreme Court orders bring finality to those cases. Republican-nominated Justice David Viviano agreed with the orders. But he also issued a concurring opinion that complained a Michigan Court of Claims judge was too quick to issue an injunction that barred enforcement of the now-defunct abortion ban.