Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer banned a lot of things in an effort to save lives during the coronavirus crisis, but life-destroying abortions were not among them.
On Wednesday, leaders of a Detroit suburb urged the pro-abortion Democrat governor to protect unborn babies, too.
WDIV News 4 reports the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the message urging Whitmer to amend her stay-at-home order to include elective abortions.
The governor’s order prohibits elective and non-essential medical procedures, among other things, during the coronavirus crisis. The purpose is to preserve medical supplies for those who need them most and prevent further spread of the virus. However, Whitmer specifically exempted elective abortions from her order.
“It doesn’t make any sense,” Shelby Township supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “It’s inconsistent and unfair.”
Stathakis wrote the resolution stating their objections to Whitmer. It supports the “sanctity of life from the moment of conception and supports a hospital’s decision to ban non-essential abortion procedures during the State of Emergency.”
The resolution continues: “Non-essential surgical abortion procedures or elective surgical abortions require personal protection equipment and close contact between patients, doctors and their staff that could very likely contribute to the spread of COVID-19.”
Stathakis said they want Whitmer to close the loophole and make sure abortion facilities are not adding to the burden on the state healthcare system.
“She’s using this as a political tool,” Stathakis said. “Here we are in a pandemic and she’s playing politics with something she should not be doing.”
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In the end, it’s a political battle on both sides. Whitmer’s office said Thursday that there are no plans to change the order. …
Stathakis said he knows the resolution is non-binding, He said he reached out to Whitmer’s office but hasn’t heard back. He said he will continue pushing to get other townships on board.
Earlier this month, Whitmer tried to defend her decision to allow elective abortions while restricting other necessary medical procedures.
“A woman’s healthcare, her whole future, her ability to decide if and when she starts a family is not an election, it is fundamental to her life,” Whitmer said on Axe Files podcast. “It is life sustaining and it’s something that government should not be getting in the middle of. ”
Whitmer’s restrictions for the coronavirus crisis are among the strictest of all state executive orders, and Michiganders have protested in large numbers in recent weeks. But amid all her restrictions, the Democrat governor allowed an exemption for a favorite ally of hers: the abortion industry.
Tens of thousands of people in Michigan lost their jobs because of Whitmer’s restrictions during the coronavirus, and now they cannot even buy seeds to plant gardens to feed their families. Individuals are not allowed to use their own motor boats and vacation homes to social distance either.
Meanwhile, a pro-life sidewalk counselor recently received a citation for standing alone outside a Detroit abortion facility, supposedly in violation of Whitmer’s order. However, the citation later was dropped after he filed a lawsuit.