LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has vowed to “fight like hell” for the legal right to abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade and returned abortion regulations to the state, is set to veto more than $21 million in abortion alternatives when she signs the $57 billion 2023 general fund budget on Wednesday.
Whitmer has signaled she will veto a variety of programs, including ones that highlight adoption over abortion, tax credits for adoptive parents, and pregnancy resource centers.
Thanks to the work we’ve done together, abortion remains legal in Michigan. We’re fighting every damn day to keep it that way.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) July 18, 2022
Michigan News Source reached out to Gov. Whitmer’s office and asked why she plans to veto abortion alternatives and not “fight like hell” for adoptive parents and resources designed to help women keep their babies. Her office did not respond by press time.
Last week, Gov. Whitmer touted what she called a “historic” investment in education while axing $6 million dollars for pregnancy care centers.
State Rep. Julie Alexander (R-Jackson) told “The Steve Gruber Show” on Wednesday that Gov. Whitmer’s actions are “disappointing.”
“It is about the people and providing opportunities and services for families. These are positive steps that significantly help families,” Rep. Alexander said. “To veto any of these bills makes no sense.”
Tudor Dixon, the GOP gubernatorial frontrunner who has been endorsed by Michigan Right to Life and the SBA List, said previously to women in Michigan, “Do not listen to the poisonous people that want you to believe you have to pick and choose. You don’t. That is glass-ceiling thinking. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. You can. It may not be easy, but we will support you. As Governor, I will support and enact policies that lift up mothers and children.”
Her campaign retweeted one of her endorsements.
Shame on @GovWhitmer for announcing she’ll veto millions of dollars from Michigan’s budget that would go to pro-life pregnancy centers
There are 13 women’s health & pregnancy centers for every 1 Planned Parenthood in Michigan
— SBA Pro-Life America LifeSavingLaws.com (@sbaprolife) July 19, 2022
Michigan Rising Action also took to Twitter, apparently to clarify what it sees as Whitmer’s actual stance on abortion.
.@GovWhitmer is going to veto over $20 million and tax credits for programs that support women and adoption services.
She is not pro-choice, she is pro-abortion. pic.twitter.com/IlsQEkXns5
— Michigan Rising Action (@MIRisingAction) July 19, 2022
Michigan GOP lawmakers highlighted Whitmer’s veto decision.
Gov. Whitmer is acting like she’s ashamed.
Her veto decision was hidden in a late Friday news release with a headline announcing something entirely different.
Her abhorrent policy has contributed to the deaths of thousands.
She should be ashamed. https://t.co/aRUbXsQYTW
— MI House Republicans (@MI_Republicans) July 31, 2020
Meanwhile, all five GOP gubernatorial candidates will debate on Wednesday night at Oakland University in Rochester, where the issue of abortion most certainly will be discussed.