The abortion laws in Michigan have created controversy over the years between pro-life and pro-choice advocates. The state is considered to have restrictive regulations and requirements when compared with the abortion laws of other states.
Here are quotes from the heated debate in Michigan on abortion issues.
“I am firmly pro-life. I understand that this is a very personal and passionate issue for many of us. At the same time, in today’s society it has become a very divisive issue. Good people can and have drawn different conclusions. I have a strong belief in the value of human life, which I believe begins at conception and includes human embryos.”
— Gov. Rick Snyder, On The Issues
, from his campaign for the executive office in 2010
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U.S. Sen. Gary Peters was concerned about Michigan’s abortion insurance law, which took effect while he was running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The law prohibited insurers from covering abortion procedures as a general feature for health plans. Women need to add a rider at additional costs.
“As the father of two daughters, I struggle with how to tell them that the state we love and where our family has been for generations is now unfairly discriminating against them and makes health care less affordable.”
— Sen. Gary Peters, MLive Michigan
State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer
called the law “by far one of the most misogynistic proposals I’ve seen in the Michigan Legislature,” Rolling Stone reported
However, Genevieve Marnon
, a spokeswoman for Right to Life Michigan, told the Detroit Free Press
that the law took into consideration the rights of pro-life advocates.
“Do we anticipate this will lower abortion rates? No. But … it’s one thing for you to pay for your abortion and another thing for me to have to pay for it,” she said.
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“According to the United Methodist Social Principles, we do not believe that abortion should be used as birth control or as a means of gender selection. We ‘call all Christians to a searching and prayerful inquiry into the sorts of conditions that may cause them to consider abortion,’ and we take consideration of the mother’s health.”
— Rev. Amee Paparella, a provisional elder
in the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church, Faith in Action, 2012
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