CNA Staff, Apr 20, 2020 / 11:00 am
The Michigan Catholic Conference has condemned Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's recent claim that abortion is "life sustaining" and should remain available throughout the state, even as other medical procedures are limited to conserve medical resources to fight the coronavirus.
"We call on Governor Whitmer to pause and reflect on the wounds her comments have created for countless people in this state and elsewhere. We all need the governor's sole focus right now to be on the needs of the people of Michigan, not the demands of the abortion industry," said an April 19 statement from the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC), the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in the state.
In an April 16 appearance on the podcast "The Axe Files," Whitmer was asked by host David Axelrod to react to efforts by some states to limit abortions as part of their efforts to conserve medical resources and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"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," the governor said.