Gretchen Whitmer on Abortion
End 24-hour waiting period; fund Planned Parenthood
Q: Abortion: Ban or legal? Support Michigan's 1931 pre-Roe law that criminalizes abortion?
Bill Schuette (R): Ban, except for incest, rape, & life of the mother. Enforce state prohibitions.
Gretchen Whitmer (D): Legal. End 24-hour waiting period &
pre-Roe ban, protect in state law.
Q: Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally? Stance on related family planning funding?
Schuette: Yes. Views as attack on religious liberty.
Whitmer: No. "We've seen attack after attack" on reproductive healthcare. Require insurance companies to cover contraceptives. Restore low-income family planning funds.
Q: Allow Planned Parenthood public funds for non-abortion health care?
Schuette: No. Joined lawsuit to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving funding.
Whitmer): Yes. Restore funding so can provide screenings and checkups, contraception, and maternity care.
Source: CampusElect.org Issue Guide on 2018 Michigan Governor race
, Oct 9, 2018
Will stop anti-choice legislation
Whitmer said she would work to stop anti-choice legislation and "continue to protect the investments that we make in our local public health offices-education for young people, access to birth control."
Whitmer hopes Democrats take back the Michigan House but said, "if necessary, I have got the backbone of titanium to hold the line on further attacks eroding women's health care."
Source: Rewire News on 2018 Michigan Governor race
, Nov 1, 2017
Support Planned Parenthood
Restore funding to Planned Parenthood so that women and men have access to preventative
care like screenings and checkups, contraception, and maternity care.
Source: 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial website GretchenWhitmer.com
, Nov 1, 2017
No insurance riders to get an abortion covered
Whitmer served in the House from 2001-2006, and in the Senate from 2006-2014, where she became a frequent voice of opposition to Republican policies.
When she told her personal story of being raped more than 20 years ago during a 2013 speech on the
Senate floor to illustrate her opposition to a bill that would require people to buy an additional rider to their insurance to get an abortion covered, Whitmer got national attention and a stronger voice on issues surrounding women's health concerns.
Source: Lansing State Journal on 2018 Michigan Gubernatorial race
, Jan 3, 2017
Don't make partial-birth abortion a criminal offense
Legislative Summary:The partial-birth abortion ban act: An individual who knowingly performs a partial-birth abortion and kills a human fetus is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to
2 years, or a fine up to $50,000.00, or both. It is not a violation if, in the physician's reasonable medical judgment, a partial-birth abortion is necessary to save the life of a mother whose life.
The spouse of the mother at the time of the partial-birth abortion, or either parent of the mother if the mother has not attained the age of 18, may file a civil action against the physician.
Sen. Whitmer voted NAY; passed Senate 29-8-1, Sept. 21; passed House 75-34-0, Sept. 28; signed by Gov. Snyder, Oct. 11
Source: Michigan Legislative voting records on SB160
, Sep 21, 2011
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