Pro-abortion Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will give Democrats’ State of the Union response in February, party leaders announced Friday.
Whitmer, who is serving her first term as governor, has been described as a “model for Democrats in the Trump era,” Politico reports. This “model” behavior includes opposing a bill to protect pain-capable unborn babies from brutal dismemberment abortions and supporting radical pro-abortion legislation to legalize the killing of unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth.
On Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Whitmer and Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar as their choices for the Feb. 4 address. According to CNN, Whitmer will give Democrats’ response in English and Escobar in Spanish.
“Since day one, Gov. Whitmer has rolled up her sleeves to get things done for the people of Michigan,” Pelosi said in a statement. “She has led the charge to expand healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people, expand protections for hard-working middle-class families and ensure clean drinking water in our communities.”
But Pelosi, Whitmer and many other Democrat politicians think killing unborn babies in abortions is health care.
In October, Whitmer joined abortion activists to announce a package of legislation that would expand abortions in Michigan. The set of bills known as the Michigan Reproductive Health Act would eliminate basically all abortion restrictions in the state, including parental consent and informed consent requirements. It also would repeal a 1931 law that bans abortions but is not enforceable under Roe v. Wade.
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Whitmer also ignored her own state voters when she promised to veto a bill to ban brutal dismemberment abortions that tear nearly fully-formed unborn babies limb from limb while their hearts are still beating. The pro-life bill passed the voter-elected state legislature, and more than 379,000 Michigan voters recently signed a petition to pass the legislation without her approval.
Michigan’s governor is just one example of how extreme the Democratic Party has become on abortion. Its leaders now support unrestricted abortions up to birth and want to force taxpayers to pay for them. All of the top Democratic presidential candidates support this radical agenda, too.
Their support of the abortion industry extends even beyond birth in some circumstances. In 2019, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat lawmakers blocked a bill to protect newborn abortion survivors from infanticide at least 80 times. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act simply requires that babies who are born alive in abortions receive the same basic medical care as other babies born at the same gestational age.
Voters have very different opinions. A January Gallup poll found increasing dissatisfaction with abortion laws, which allow unborn babies to be aborted up to birth in some states. Gallup found that 58 % of Americans are not satisfied with current abortion laws, and more want stricter laws that limit or ban abortions.
A Marist poll released earlier this week found that more than six in 10 Americans (62%) say that if the Supreme Court revisits Roe v. Wade it should allow states to determine restrictions (46%) or make abortion illegal (16%). Only 33% of Americans say Roe v. Wade should be interpreted to allow for legal abortion any time without restriction.