Michigan — In a recent debate, many Republican candidates for Governor voiced support for a full abortion ban that would force victims of rape to carry the baby to term and raise the child. At the debate, candidates Perry Johnson, Garrett Soldano, Tudor Dixon and most of the others on stage voiced support for the government forcing rape victims to raise their rapist’s child.
Going further, Ralph Rebrant of Oakland County stated that women who become deathly ill should die instead of allowing for an abortion. Without irony, Rebrant stated, “It’s murder. And we have to call it what it is.”
Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig did not attend the debate, pulling out at the last second.
For Garrett Soldano, this is not the first time he has defended his position regarding rape. In February, Soldano called a pregnancy that occurred during a rape, “sacred,” and then said, “the value of life is not based upon the occasion of its conception, but the sacredness of its essence.”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has defended safe, legal abortion stating, “To participate fully and equally in society, Michigan women need access to abortion.”
Attorney General Dana Nessel has also vowed not to prosecute women for abortion saying, “I will take no part in driving women back into the Dark Ages and into the back alleys.”