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Right to Life of Michigan Responds to Governor Whitmer’s and Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist’s Recent Comments Aimed at the Organization

by | Mar 25, 2024

“The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are peddling an election year phantom threat to IVF, prenatal care and abortion in a desperate attempt to scare voters.”—RTL President Amber Roseboom

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Today, Right to Life of Michigan responded to recent statements from Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist erroneously claiming the organization poses a threat to reproductive services broadly in the state, including IVF and prenatal care.

“The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are peddling an election year phantom threat to IVF, prenatal care and abortion in a desperate attempt to scare voters,” stated Amber Roseboom, President, Right to Life of Michigan. “IVF has been operating in Michigan since the 70s. There is no threat to it, nor has there been. And there is absolutely no parallel in Michigan to Alabama’s recent, isolated issue. Not one. Prenatal care also has never been at risk in Michigan. They know full well that abortion is now secured in more than a dozen places in state law, beyond Proposal 3 now in our state constitution.”

A legal challenge from Right to Life of Michigan and 15 other plaintiffs, including physicians and parents, is focused on the overreach of Proposal 3 that puts Michigan families at risk and endangers women. It has no impact on IVF, prenatal care, or the legality of abortion in Michigan. Alternatively, the recent Northland Family Planning Centers’ lawsuit, which claims informed consent is now unconstitutional under Proposal 3, demonstrates the immediate threat to women’s health in the state and the need for action.

“Women deserve the facts, not desperate, election year scare tactics,” Roseboom continued. “At stake now are common-sense, long-standing protections for women, parents and children. Abortion-only Democrats are intent on removing parental consent for a minor seeking an abortion and denying a woman’s right to know about the risks associated with abortion by removing informed consent.”

Last fall, Gov. Whitmer and her allies in our state legislature removed long-standing, basic health and safety standards for abortion clinics to appease the big money abortion-only special interests that fund their campaigns. Parental consent, informed consent and abortion clinic health and safety regulation are supported by the overwhelming majority of Michigan voters.

Right to Life of Michigan has a long record of supporting prenatal and pregnancy care. The organization does not have a position on IVF.
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