As the Right to Choose Hangs in the Balance, Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Stay Silent as Roe v. Wade Gets Stripped

LANSING — Today, the relentless and decades-long attack on Roe v. Wade and the protections that it provides to women suffered a major blow. Legislation in Texas that bans abortions after six weeks — with no exceptions for rape or incest — was allowed to go into effect after the Supreme Court declined to act on an emergency request to stop the law from taking effect. It also incentivizes people to intrude on the lives of women making private healthcare decisions. 

Michigan voters deserve to know where candidates stand on whether or not women should be able to make their own health care decisions, but all 10 of the Republican candidates remained silent on today’s major blow to reproductive rights. It has potentially catastrophic impacts in Michigan, where overturning Roe v. Wade could criminalize abortion. 

Ironically, Garrett Soldano and Ryan Kelley have demanded their “medical freedom” be honored as they adamantly refuse to get vaccinated. And James Craig has vaguely touted “his support of pro-life values,” but hasn’t gotten into the specifics of what that means — like every other issue he’s been asked about.

While the MIGOP applauded the move without any consideration of how Roe v. Wade has protected medical privacy over the years, Governor Whitmer was quick to stand with Texas women and speak on the importance of protecting the right to choose. 

MDP spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite issued the following statement:

“It’s tough to overestimate just how terrible Texas’ law is for women across the country, who’s rights can still be infringed upon with the simplest of pen strokes. What’s worse, overturning Roe v. Wade would have catastrophic consequences for Michiganders – and they need to know where the 10 Republicans running for governor stand on the right to choose. Michigan women deserve a leader like Governor Whitmer that has remained a vigilant advocate for the right to keep abortion safe and legal.”

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