First they targeted Michigan’s parental consent law for abortions, and now abortion activists want the Michigan Court of Claims to toss a 24-hour waiting period and other abortion restrictions in state law.

Opponents of a 2022 ballot initiative to enshrine abortion access in the state constitution repeatedly highlighted concerns about the consequences of removing those common-sense restrictions, but were met with promises that wasn’t the plan.

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Rabia Muqaddam, an attorney representing Northland Family Planning Center and Medical Students for Choice, told Michigan Court of Claims Judge Siwa Patel on Tuesday the state’s only interest should be “the health of the pregnant person, consistent with the standard of care without intruding upon an individual’s autonomous decision,” Bridge Michigan reports.

The lawsuit aims to invalidate three Michigan laws plaintiffs argue violate Proposal 3, the 2022 referendum, by imposing a 24-hour wait period, mandated counseling, and a ban on advance practice clinicians performing abortions.

“The state has acknowledged that these laws do impact or burden to some degree,” Muqaddam said, “and if they burden to some degree, then we think they infringe” on abortion rights in Michigan.

Assistant Attorney General B. Eric Restuccia is defending the laws on behalf of the state, while Attorney General Dana Nessel has opted to support the plaintiffs. Arguments in the case are expected to continue in the coming weeks.

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In the meantime, Michigan Democrats and aligned abortion activists are pushing to repeal the state’s parental consent law for abortions, which went into effect in 1993 through a voter-initiated legislative process that bypassed a veto from Democratic Gov. Jim Blanchard.

“This law is actually of no benefit to the vast majority of young people who do involve their parent in the decision,” Human Rights Watch Advocacy Director Jo Becker told the Detroit Free Press. “And for the small number who can’t, it can be deeply, deeply harmful.”

Human Rights Watch and other aligned abortion activists are promoting a March report to encourage likeminded lawmakers in Lansing to repeal the law that requires those under the age of 18 to obtain parental consent for an abortion.

“The organizations who published this advocacy piece and their political allies believe they know what is best for children, not parents,” Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Genevieve Marnon told the Free Press. “They are actively seeking to remove parents from one of the most important decisions a minor girl could face, one that everyone acknowledges will have a lifelong impact regardless of the decision.”

The developments come about two years after organizers for 2022’s Proposal 3 worked feverishly to debunk critics who claimed the measure would lead to cascading effects that would erode needed protections for Michiganders, including both the parental consent law and 24 hour wait period.

“Planned Parenthood and the ACLU’s amendment would radically distort Michigan’s Constitution to create a new unlimited right to abortion, which would spill over and affect many other issues,” the Citizens to Support MI Women and Children PAC warned in 2022. “This poorly-worded amendment would repeal dozens of state laws, including our state’s ban on tax-funded abortions, the partial-birth abortion ban, and fundamentally alter the parent-child relationship by preventing parents from having input on their children’s health.”

The effort to repeal Michigan’s remaining abortion restrictions aligns perfectly with a relentless focus on abortion from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Congresswoman Hillary Scholten, and other top Michigan Democrats stumping for President Biden.

The ultimate goal, Whitmer told 19thNews, is to take Michigan’s abortion policies nationwide.

“I’m hopeful that eventually we will have a national codification of abortion rights and that every woman and family and medical provider in this country has clarity that we are all endowed with the same freedoms to make our own decisions about our bodies and our future. That is my hope,” Whitmer said. “It’s gonna take a while to get there, which is why I’m so sober about the fact that I’m going to continue to fight for this.”