While Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Maintain Their Extremist Anti-Choice Views, Governor Whitmer Keeps Putting in the Work to Protect the Right to Choose

LANSING — Over the past two weeks and with the future of Roe v. Wade under threat, Republican gubernatorial candidates James Craig and Tudor Dixon have both gone on the record to define the extent of their anti-choice extremism. Both have affirmed their support for  Michigan’s near-total abortion ban law from 1931 that will be automatically reinstated should Roe v Wade be struck down.

The law criminalizes abortion, makes felons out of reproductive health care providers, and provides no exceptions for rape or incest. It’s far more extreme than the disastrous six-week ban that was allowed to go into effect in Texas at the beginning of this month.

In contrast, Governor Whitmer immediately snapped into action to protect Michiganders after the Texas news broke, calling on the legislature to repeal the 1931 bill at the beginning of this month. 

And she hasn’t let up since. Today, she’ll be striking down $16 million in funding for anti-abortion measures from Michigan’s budget. 

MDP Chair Lavora Barnes issued the following statement:

“No matter how they try to explain it, the Republican candidates for governor – including Tudor Dixon and James Craig – are pushing an extreme anti-choice agenda that would harm the livelihoods of Michigan families and push us backwards. Meanwhile, Governor Whitmer has been doing everything in her power to maintain access to reproductive rights, especially in the face of threats to Roe v. Wade. Michiganders won’t forget how she’s putting them first.”

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