Under Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan has sought to repeal every pro-life protection on the books. Michigan now allows for abortion up until the moment of birth following a referendum vote and legislation signed by Whitmer.
Now, the governor has signed legislation that removes the requirement that individuals pay separate premiums for abortion coverage.
“Today, 10 years after I gave a speech on the Senate floor and shared my own story as a survivor of sexual assault, I am honored as governor to repeal the ban on insurance coverage for abortion,” Whitmer said on Dec. 11. “The moral of the story is, never stop fighting for what you know is right.”
Whitmer may not realize it (or care), but her comparison between her tragic story and abortion expansion is erroneous. No one ever deserves to be sexually assaulted. Likewise, no baby ever deserves to be killed in the womb.
It is not “right,” and there is no moral to a story that ends with innocent human life being ended through abortion. Nor can it be moral to force individuals to subsidize someone else’s abortion.
The recently overridden 2013 law prevented health insurers selling policies on the state’s Obamacare exchange from including abortion in every policy. Instead, consumers would need to purchase a specific “rider” that included abortion.
It is not enough, nor has it ever been enough, for women to be able to abort their babies. Now pro-life individuals who participate in a group health insurance plan, for example, must pay into a common pool that could be used to subsidize a coworker’s abortion.
But that is how the war on life goes: There can be no conscientious objectors or survivors.
The state’s repeal of pro-life laws is part of a broader pro-abortion push of the Democratic Party heading into 2024. “Whitmer’s focus on abortion rights comes as Democrats have found continued success running on the issue across the country,” NBC News reported in December. “Whitmer won re-election in 2022 running alongside a Michigan ballot measure to put abortion rights in the state constitution.”
Unfortunately, even Republican states such as Ohio have voted in support of broad access to abortion, and President Joe Biden’s team plans to make abortion central to his reelection bid. A 2022 vote in Kentucky to declare there is no right to abortion in the state constitution also failed, though by only five points.
No matter the results of this year’s elections, it is important for pro-life candidates to emphasize that all babies are deserving of legal protection and that pregnant women and families need support to thrive and prosper.