Tudor Dixon: Parents Have The Right to Know if Their Daughter Wants an Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 28, 2022   |   6:40PM   |   Lansing, Michigan

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon defended parents’ right to be involved when their underage daughter wants an abortion this week as pro-abortion groups push to strip away that right.

Polls show a close race between Dixon, a pro-life Republican, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a pro-abortion Democrat who recently vetoed funding to help pregnant and parenting mothers.

Speaking with FOX 2 Detroit, Dixon accused Whitmer of hiding her radical pro-abortion stance and running deceptive ads about abortion to “scare” people into voting for her.

Dixon said the current governor will not talk about how Proposal 3, a proposed state constitutional amendment, would get rid of parental involvement laws and common-sense safety regulations for abortion practitioners.

“I would love to see those protections that we’ve always had stay in place,” Dixon said. “To make sure that if a minor is trying to get an abortion, that their parents have to be notified. To make sure that if somebody is going to perform an abortion, that they have a medical degree. This is something the governor won’t address. She won’t address that Proposal 3 would mean those things don’t exist any longer.”

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Whitmer has a radical pro-abortion record that includes voting against a partial-birth abortion ban. The Democrat candidate also supports Proposal 3, which is on the ballot in November.

The proposed amendment would legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions through all nine months of pregnancy and allow anyone, including people without any medical training, to assist with an abortion, according to the Citizens to Support Michigan Women and Children coalition. And while Michigan law requires parents to consent for a 12-year-old to have their tonsils removed, the amendment would make it so parents do not need to consent or even be informed if their 12-year-old daughter has an abortion.

“You don’t have to take our word for how extreme Proposal 3 truly is, the supporters of the proposal are saying it themselves: Proposal 3 would eliminate requirements for parental consent and open the door for minors to pursue puberty blockers – without their parent’s knowledge or consent,” coalition spokeswoman Christen Pollo said this week.

Pollo pointed to recent articles in Bridge Michigan and The Detroit News where Proposal 3 supporters affirmed that the amendment would allow children to get abortions, sterilizing drugs and contraception without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

“These admissions are proof of the extreme agenda that Proposal 3 supporters are trying to force into Michigan’s constitution, all the more reason why Michigan voters should vote no on Proposal 3,” Pollo said.

Currently, 36 states currently require parental involvement (consent or notification) before a minor has an abortion. A 2011 Gallup poll found 71 percent of Americans favor laws requiring parents’ involvement in a child’s abortion decision. Another poll in 2021 by the Tarrance Group found 72 percent of Illinois voters support parental notification, according to CNA.

Michigan is a major abortion battleground state. Pro-life Republicans control the state legislature, but Whitmer repeatedly has vetoed life-saving legislation. In July, Whitmer even vetoed $21.4 million in funding to support pregnant and parenting mothers who choose life for their babies.

Michigan has a pre-Roe v. Wade law that protects unborn babies by banning abortions, but a judge recently blocked the law at the request of pro-abortion groups.

Nearly 30,000 unborn babies are aborted in Michigan every year.