Michigan Lawmakers Outline Stakes for November, Call Out the Extreme GOP For Attacks on Reproductive Health Care
Rep. Brenda Carter: “It was a well-orchestrated, well-coordinated plan by the Republican Party that got us here.”
LANSING — Today, following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democratic State Representatives held a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol, blasting extremist Republicans for their dangerous, wildly unpopular anti-chioce agenda that seeks to ban abortions without exception.
Speakers emphasized that it was the extreme Republican Party who fought for this decision for decades, highlighted the Michigan Democrats up and down the ballot who are our last lines of defense against an outright abortion ban in our state, and outlined the stakes of the November elections in protecting abortion rights.
WATCH THE FULL PRESS CONFERENCE HERE
“The five remaining Republican gubernatorial candidates: Ryan Kelley, Garrett Soldano, Kevin Rinke, Tudor Dixon, and Ralph Rebandt have all gleefully embraced the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the potential return of the 1931 ban, and forcing pregnancy on survivors of sexual assault. They don’t care about the health and safety of people who can give birth. They don’t care about reproductive health care access. They only care about their extreme, ultra MAGA agenda,” said Rep. Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac). “This November, we’ll have the option to vote for Governor Whitmer, who sides with the 67 percent of Michiganders who believe Roe v Wade should have remained the law of the land, or an extremist Republican who wants to ban abortion with no exceptions.”
“I want to be crystal clear about this: We cannot fall for this line that Republicans are being moderate about this while they snatch bodily autonomy away from the people of this state,” said Rep. Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia). “Michigan Republicans have turned down every opportunity to prevent people from getting arrested [for receiving abortions]. If they were going to fix this, they would have by now. Instead, they’re intervening in lawsuits so they can protect this 1931 law. I want everyone to understand that Michigan Democrats are doing everything we can in the Capitol with legislation, in the courts with these lawsuits, and in the streets with petitions to save abortion access. But we can’t do it without the help of voters.”
“A majority of Americans believed Roe should have been upheld before it was struck down last week by a Supreme Court that is veering dangerously toward illegitimacy,” said Rep. Christine Morse (D-Kalamazoo). “We cannot allow a minority of people to restrict our free will! Michigan Democrats are the last line of defense on attacks against our reproductive rights that would take us back to 1931. It is way past time to vote like our lives depend on it, this next vote is for a generation o
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