Candidate Says He Opposes Abortion After Rape Because “That’s Still a Little Baby”

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 1, 2022   |   6:11PM   |   Lansing, Michigan

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Garrett Soldano is facing national criticism for recognizing that unborn babies who are conceived in rape deserve a right to life.

In a Jan. 19 interview on the podcast “Face the Facts,” Soldano said he opposes abortion even in cases of rape because “that little baby may be the next president,” People reports.

Soldano is one of several candidates hoping to win the Republican nomination for governor of Michigan. A devout pro-life Catholic, he told the podcast that abortions should be illegal from the moment the unborn baby’s “DNA is created,” at conception.

“That’s even before the heartbeat — when DNA is created, it has a place at the table for life … DNA is created, then we defend it,” he said.

He said he understands why some people believe abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, but he disagrees.

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Soldano then told a story about one of his mentors, whom he said had been adopted and later learned that his mother had been “gang-raped in a subway train station by five guys.”

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“It kind of like tore out his heart when he found that out, but then he started to really appreciate and understand what his birth mother went through,” Soldano said. “That she had the courage to deliver him … How about we start inspiring women in the culture to let them understand and know how heroic that they are? And how unbelievable that they are? That God put them in this moment and they don’t know that that little baby inside them may be the next president, may be the next person who changes humanity?”

His comments quickly caused outrage among abortion activists, pro-abortion politicians and celebrities, and he was shoved into the national news spotlight.

Laphonza Butler, president of the pro-abortion political group Emily’s List, slammed Soldano’s comments as “disgusting” and “dangerous” even while acknowledging that the situation does involve a child in the womb.

“Garrett Soldano’s defense of forcing rape survivors to carry their attacker’s child is a disgusting, dangerous attack on women’s control over our own bodies and our own lives,” Butler said.

According to the Huffington Post, actress Patricia Arquette also blasted Soldano on Twitter, writing: “The state should not compel victims of sexual violence to endure further pain and suffering. THE STATE SHOULD NOT COMPOUND A RAPISTS IMPACT ON THE VICTIM. Let victims decide for themselves.”

However, many victims of rape choose life for their unborn babies, and others who have abortions later said the abortion only compounded their trauma.

Former Planned Parenthood Action staffer Kaili Joy Gray derisively mocked Soldano, implying that he just wants to oppress women.

“Awwwww. ‘Ladies should shut up and be grateful for their rape babies’ is so 2012. How quaint,” Gray responded.

Despite the backlash, Soldano said he will not back down from defending unborn babies’ right to life.

He said he will “not be bullied by the media or the far left into backing down from my pro-life beliefs. I believe in the equality of all life and the value of life is not based upon the occasion of its conception, but the sacredness of its essence.”