Longstanding Protections for Women and the Unborn in Final Stages of Pregnancy Now Eliminated
Lansing, MI – On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) offered empty platitudes about women’s rights as she signed a blanket repeal of the state’s legal protections for women undergoing an abortion and unborn children post-viability. Following the passage of Democrat-led bills in the State House and Senate, the Governor’s signature demonstrates her ideologically driven obsession with abortion at all costs, regardless of the implications for women’s health and safety.
“Today is a dark day for women in our state and for unborn children nearing birth. Cloaking the elimination of long-standing, common-sense health and safety protections in the mantra of ‘women’s rights’ demonstrates the extreme nature of the Governor’s abortion activism,” said Barbara Listing, President, Right to Life of Michigan. “Governor Whitmer may find the national spotlight dimming as the reality of today’s action unfolds. The Governor’s radical abortion at all costs approach to women’s health and safety has historically been relegated to an unelectable wing of her party.”
Michigan’s now nullified 1931 law had been in place and partially effective even under Roe v. Wade, containing critical portions that remain constitutional in the wake of Proposal 3. Proposal 3 states that “the state may regulate the provision of abortion care after fetal viability.”
In the days ahead, Right to Life of Michigan will continue to peacefully advocate for health and safety protections for women and for the full protection of the right to life of the unborn. In doing so, the organization will shed light on the women harmed by the reckless removal of any protections or safeguards around abortion and the threat the Whitmer administration poses to life-affirming options to abortion.