News Release: Whitmer’s Budget Vetoes Show Abortion Extremism Has Taken Hold in Michigan

Governor to Axe Over $20 Million to Help Promote Adoption and Safety for Women

A nurse pointing to an ultrasound image of a pregnant woman's child.

July 19, 2022

(Lansing, Mich.) — According to media reports, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to line-item veto several policies from the state of Michigan Fiscal Year 2023 budget that allocate over $20 million to assist pregnant women in need, to promote adoption as an alternative to abortion, and to support pregnancy centers that help women who choose to carry their children to term. Together with some $16 million vetoed from last year’s budget for similar policies, the governor over two years will now have eliminated over $36 million that would otherwise have benefitted pregnant women who choose life for their babies. Michigan Catholic Conference Policy Advocate Rebecca Mastee, J.D., offers the following comments:

“Although terribly unfortunate, it is not unexpected that the governor would, again, take the extreme position of vetoing funding to help pregnant women in crisis. Vetoing this funding alienates tens of thousands of women and families who receive assistance from non-profit pregnancy resource centers each year. By eliminating these helping hands for women who want to have their babies, the Governor is, in effect, taking away their ‘choice’ — the choice for childbirth. These vetoes — along with some $16 million vetoed from last year’s budget that sought to help women in need — clarify that pro-abortion advocates have fully committed to push abortion extremism on our state over the well-being of women in need.”

The spending programs expected to be vetoed by the governor, all of which were strongly supported by Michigan Catholic Conference, include:

Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.

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