LISTEN: Whitmer Defends Abortion During Pandemic, Calls It “Life Sustaining”

Appearing on a podcast with David Axelrod, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer defended abortion during stay at home orders, calling it “life sustaining”

Gretchen Whitmer:

We stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan. Some people have tried to say that that type of a procedure is considered the same and that’s ridiculous.

A woman’s healthcare, her whole future, her ability to decide if and when she starts a family is not an election, it is a fundamental to her life. It is life sustaining and it’s something that government should not be getting in the middle of.

MLive reports Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order can’t prevent a man from protesting out of a Detroit abortion clinic – as long as he practices social distancing.

Whitmer issued the stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, April 15, over 27,000 in Michigan have been afflicted with COVID-19.

Whitmer acknowledged in a court filing that Andrew Belanger, who was cited by police for violating her executive order, had First Amendment rights to protest. Belanger and others still have to stay at least six feet from others outside of their household when engaged in “expressive religious activities.”

A citation against Belanger for violating the governor’s stay-at-home order will be dismissed. The parties agreed to dismiss the federal case Belanger and two other men filed against Whitmer and Detroit police.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff in Grand Rapids signed the order closing the case on Tuesday, April 14. Both sides are responsible for their own legal fees.

A week ago, Whitmer issued guidance regarding First Amendment protections under her stay-at-home order.

“Persons may engage in expressive activities protected by the First Amendment within the State of Michigan, but must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the person’s household.”

Belanger was cited March 31 by Detroit police while he was preaching outside of Scotsdale Women’s Center. He was holding a pro-life sign and said he kept away from others.

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