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Gilchrist writes Detroit Metro Times Op-ed on why abortion access matters
April 23, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2022
ICYMI: Detroit Metro Times: Op-ed: Why abortion access matters and what we’re doing about it in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II penned an oped in support of abortion access, and ensuring our Michiganders have the freedom to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their families in light of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision that may overturn Roe v. Wade.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently took action to ask the Michigan Supreme Court to resolve whether Michigan’s Constitution protects the right to abortion. Amidst an ongoing, nationwide assault on abortion access, the Whitmer administration is stepping up to protect Michigan women and legal abortion.
DETROIT METRO TIMES: Op-ed: Why abortion access matters and what we’re doing about it in Michigan
“In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court of the United States will issue a consequential decision on whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, which guarantees the constitutional right to an abortion. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, an antiquated, extreme law still on the books in Michigan will outlaw abortion in virtually all cases, including rape and incest. No matter how we personally feel about abortion, we must come together to ensure our fellow Michiganders have the freedom to make healthcare decisions for themselves and their families without the interference of politicians in Lansing.”
“First, it is important for women and families to make their own decisions about whether to become parents. Starting a family is one of the most important and personal decisions anyone can make. And having a child is the biggest economic decision a woman and a family will make in their lifetimes. If a woman is forced to continue a pregnancy against her will, it can have devastating consequences, including keeping families in poverty and making it harder for women and families to make ends meet. With many Michigan families trying to make every penny count, we must ensure Michiganders can make these major decisions for themselves and their families.”
“Second, since the beginning of my career, I have fought for equity and justice for marginalized and underrepresented communities. Access to abortion is a critical component of our fight for equality. When we deny women the ability to make their own decisions about their bodies and lives, we treat them as second-class citizens.”
“This is about justice, gender equality, racial equality, and economic equality. We must continue our work to promote equity and justice in every Michigan community. Let us build a Michigan where no one must grapple with the racial, income, or gender-based health disparities we have worked so hard to end.’”