By Karen Cross, NRL Political Director
On Thursday, January 5th, pro-abortion Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan announced that she will not seek re-election in 2024.
Her retirement confirms the status of the 2024 Michigan Senate race as one of the most competitive in the nation. President Trump carried the state in the 2016 election while President Biden narrowly carried the state in 2020. Incumbent Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer won re-election in 2022.
Senator Stabenow will leave the Senate with one of the most pro-abortion voting records. She holds a dismal 0% lifetime rating from National Right to Life. Her extreme pro-abortion ideology led her to oppose even the most modest protections for unborn children and their mothers.
Senator Stabenow co-sponsored and voted in favor of the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, which would enshrine unlimited abortion in federal law and policies, and strike down virtually all state-level protections for unborn children and their mothers, including informed consent and parental involvement measures. Additionally, she voted on numerous occasions to use American tax dollars to pay for abortions. She even voted against legislation to secure medical care for born-alive infants who survive abortion attempts.
Democrats currently hold a slim one-seat majority in the U.S. Senate. Republicans need to net 2 seats in 2024 in order to retake the majority. Senator Stabenow’s retirement may help Republicans flip the Michigan seat from blue to red. But as we have seen in past election cycles, the individual candidates nominated by either party can make a huge difference in the outcome of the elections.
Post-election polling from last year’s midterm elections confirms that Americans remain opposed to unlimited abortion especially late in pregnancy when science shows that unborn children can feel pain. Americans also continue to support measures like the Hyde Amendment which safeguard their tax dollars from being used to fund abortions in many federal programs. Pro-life candidates in Michigan and other competitive states can be successful if they are willing to seize upon opportunities to contrast their support for commonsense protections for unborn babies and their mothers with the abortion extremism of the Democrat Party.