Abortion petition drive sparks debate


As the abortion debate heats up across the country, it’s front and center here in Michigan too.

An anti-abortion group is vowing to fight back, creating a petition to override Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She has said she would veto legislation that bans a certain type of abortion.

“In the interest of humanity, we need to end this barbaric practice,” said Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Genevieve Marnon.

State lawmakers are looking to ban a procedure known as, “dismemberment abortion.” 

“They use forceps they go in they grab arms and legs and pull them off of living babies,” said Marnon. “We think that is way time for that practice to end in the state of Michigan.”

The republican-led legislature passed bills to ban this procedure, but Gov. Whitmer responded by saying she would veto them.

“if she vetoes it,” said Marnon. “We will be prepared.”

The anti-abortion group “Right to Life of Michigan” filed paper work to start on a petition drive. They anticipate needing at least 400-thousand signatures to sidestep the Governor’s decisions to veto.

“Once it’s approved, you get your petitions printed, go out, gather your signatures and then you have 180 days to gather the 400,000 signatures and then submit them to the legislature.”

Then, the ban would be passed and the Governor wouldn’t have a say.

President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan Lori Carpentier said, “Right to Life and their cronies want nothing more than to make Michigan just like Alabama, no matter how much that harms the women and families facing these complex, complicated decisions.”

Recently, Alabama’s governor made performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.

“Even people who are marginally pro-choice or maybe even pro-choice could agree that dismembering a living human being in the womb is barbaric, uncivilized and it devalues human life,” said Marnon. “Find a more humane way to have an abortion or better yet choose life for your child.”

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