Candidates Discuss Differences On Abortion Rights In Michigan

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

After the repeal of Roe v. Wade, a previously unenforceable 1931 law criminalizing abortion in the state has divided Michigan lawmakers. The law can be used to punish women who seek abortions, as well as doctors who perform them, with jail sentences of up to four years.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer sued to block the law from going into effect and the court recently issued a permanent injunction.

This contrasts with the position of Tudor Dixon, the Republican gubernatorial nominee in Michigan, who recently spoke out about her opposition to abortion.

During a stop on her campaign tour, Dixon, who supports enforcement of the 90-year-old law even in cases of rape and incest, suggested that granting Michiganders the right to an abortion would create “a safe haven” for sexual predators. “If you’re a predator, there’s nothing you like more than abortion,” Dixon said.

Doctors and OBGYNs Weigh In On Abortion Debate In MichiganThe doctors’ comments come as the issue of abortion is being debated throughout the state of Michigan.

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Michigan doctors are weighing in on the ongoing abortion debate in Michigan.

Their comments come as a Michigan judge struck down a 1931 law that criminalized abortion as unconstitutional. Governor Gretchen Whitmer had sued to block the law from going into effect and the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that a constitutional amendment enshrining abortion rights will be on the ballot this November.

Gov. Whitmer holds a contrasting opinion to gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, who recently stood behind the 91 year old law that makes abortion illegal even in the cases of rape and incest.

That position drew sharp criticism from a group of Michigan doctors, including Dr. Audrey Stryker, an OBGYN, who said Dixon’s position goes “against medical science, evidence and healthcare.”

Elaborating, Dr. Lawrence Ullmer, a family practice physician, added, “the idea of forcing victims of rape and incest to carry pregnancies to term, is inhumane and goes against all medical ethics…Immediate physical and mental trauma of rape is horrific, but a young girl forced to carry and deliver her rapist’s child frequently have a lifetime of mental health struggles.”

Gov. Whitmer’s Education Budget Investing In Classrooms Praised By Republican and Democratic LawmakersWhitmer’s $19.6 billion investment in education is being used to improve the quality of schools, enable critical building repairs, and ensure access to books and supplies critical for learning.

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This summer, experts noted that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the largest investment in K-12 education in the state’s history – a record $19.6 billion in funding. Supported by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, analysis shows that the funding is being used to improve the quality of schools, enable critical building repairs, and ensure access to books and supplies critical for learning.

Similar education investments have already helped triple the number of literacy coaches, reduce overall class sizes, and close the school funding gap, which educators say will go a long way to boosting Michigan’s competitiveness with neighboring states and with other countries.

While Whitmer’s education investments have received support from Republican and Democratic lawmakers, conservative commentator Tudor Dixon has expressed support for repealing Michigan’s constitutional amendment guaranteeing funding for public schools. As MLive.com reported: “a provision of the state’s constitution prohibits spending public money from going to private schools in most instances, so her plan calls for repealing that provision.”

Governor Whitmer Announces Support For Inflation Reduction Act, Citing Lower Prescription Drug & Energy Costs For MichigandersExperts say the new law brings cost of living down for Michigan families by reducing insurance premiums, energy bills and prescription drug costs with a deficit reduction and without a tax increase for family incomes under $400,000.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

In August 2022, congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act which experts say will bring down cost of living for Michigan families and help the economy recover.

The Act has numerous provisions aimed at lowering costs including allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices, bringing down health insurance premiums, and lowering household energy costs. The law does this while simultaneously reducing the federal deficit and prohibiting any tax increases on families making under $400,000 a year.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has voiced her support for the Inflation Reduction Act citing how it will lower prescription drug and energy costs while boosting the economy because it will bring down costs of living for Michigan families and help continue economic recovery.

“This commonsense legislation will lower the cost of prescription drugs, health care, and energy, and create and protect millions of good-paying manufacturing jobs,” the governor said in a statement. “My administration is working every day to lower costs, and this legislation will provide even more relief to families.”

“This bill will keep more money in people’s pockets. For seniors on Medicare, out-of-pocket prescription drug costs will be capped at $2,000 a year and insulin will cost no more than $35 a month, saving lives. 13 million Americans will save $800 a year on premiums, and 3 million will be able to keep their insurance.”

Conservative commentator Tudor Dixon says she opposes the law, claiming “it will raise taxes on all Michiganders.”

Tudor Dixon Confirms Support for Criminalizing Abortion in Cases of Rape, IncestIn an interview, Dixon says she agrees with a 1931 Michigan law that means a 14-year-old who had been raped by her uncle would not be allowed access to an abortion.

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Tudor Dixon stood behind her previous remarks about abortion and confirmed that she supports a 1931 Michigan law that does not provide exceptions to an abortion ban in cases of rape and incest.

In an interview, Dixon was asked about whether a 14-year-old who had been raped by her uncle should be permitted access to an abortion and she said that this was a “perfect example.” She continued: “I know people who are the product… a life is a life for me. That’s how it is.”

Dixon’s position stands in contrast to that of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who has sued to block the 1931 Michigan law, which would make abortion illegal even in the case of rape and incest, from going into effect. She says that one of her priorities is to restore the protections that existed under Roe v. Wade, making the point that no matter where a person lives, what they look like or what they do, every person’s life has its own unique circumstances.

People, not politicians, should be able to make their own decisions, including when it comes to abortion, Whitmer concluded.

President Biden to Congress: If You Support Police, Ban Assault Weapons President Biden questioned those who claim to support law enforcement while also opposing an assault weapons ban.

President Biden to Congress: If You Support Police, Ban Assault Weapons

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President Biden has thrown his support behind a bill to ban assault weapons, which he says endanger law enforcement officers.

“To me, it’s simple. If you can’t support banning weapons of war on American streets, you’re not on the side of police, he said.

In the aftermath of several recent mass shootings, including the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which resulted in the deaths of nineteen children and two adults, the House Judiciary Committee has put forward a bill that would ban assault weapons, including the AR-style semi-automatic weapons used in these shootings. However, the legislation is still facing opposition in the Senate.

President Biden said the ban would be a boon to the police officers working to prevent these shootings.

“Being a cop today is a hell of a lot harder than it’s ever been…we send you out to do your job on the streets flooded with weapons of war,” President Biden said.

A previous ban on assault weapons, which was passed when President Biden was a member of Congress, expired in 2004.

Whitmer Vows To Keep Fighting State Law That Could Criminalize All AbortionsExperts say that a 91-year-old law could send women and doctors to prison for 4 or 10 years for seeking or providing abortions.

Whitmer Vows To Keep Fighting State Law That Could Criminalize All Abortions

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

The Supreme Court’s June decision to overturn Roe v. Wade allows every state to criminalize abortion and ban it without providing any exceptions.

In Michigan, the Republican-controlled state legislature has gone to court to do just that, defending a 1931 state law still on the books that would criminalize abortion throughout the state, even in the cases of rape and incest. If they win, legal experts say it could lead to four year prison sentences for women and their doctors if they seek or perform abortions.

Whitmer Vows To Keep Fighting State Law That Could Criminalize All Abortions

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has sued to block that law from going into effect, saying that one of her priorities will be to restore the protections that existed under Roe v. Wade. She made the point that no matter where a person lives, what they look like or what they do, every person’s life has its own unique circumstances. She says that people, not politicians, should be able to make their own decisions, including when it comes to abortion.

She continued that she’ll “fight like hell to protect every Michiganders’ right to make decisions about their own body with the advice of a medical professional they trust.”

Some Republican lawmakers in Lansing have pledged to pass even stronger restrictions on abortion access and stiffer punishments for women and their doctors, including sending medical professionals to jail for up to ten years.

Whitmer Fighting GOP-Backed Law Criminalizing Abortion After Rape or Incest in CourtLegal experts say that if Republicans get their way, a 13-year-old girl could be forced to carry a pregnancy to term after being raped by her father.

Whitmer Fighting GOP-Backed Law Criminalizing Abortion After Rape or Incest in Court

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has gone to court to fight a Michigan law banning all abortion in Michigan.

The Supreme Court ruling against Roe v. Wade in June allows every state to criminalize or ban abortion without any exceptions. In Michigan, Republican lawmakers are in court to defend a 1931 law that would ban abortion, even after rape or incest.

The law was unenforceable under Roe v. Wade. But now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, the Michigan Republican lawmakers are seeking to enforce it. According to legal experts, if they get their way, a 13-year-old girl could be forced to carry a pregnancy resulting from being raped by her father — and she could face up to four years in prison for seeking an abortion.

Republican lawmakers have said that if they keep the majority in the Michigan legislature this November, they will pass even stricter abortion restrictions, including stiffer punishments for doctors who perform the procedure. They have already introduced a bill that would jail a doctor for up to ten years for providing an abortion, including when the woman is a victim of rape or incest.

Whitmer Fighting GOP-Backed Law Criminalizing Abortion After Rape or Incest in Court

Whitmer has filed a lawsuit to block the 1931 law and has announced that she will strongly oppose efforts to pass an additional abortion ban. Whitmer is calling for restoring Roe v. Wade protections to Michigan, and has said that abortion is a private medical decision that should be up to a woman and her doctor — not politicans.

Biden Gets Tough on China, Protects American InnovationThe Biden administration has worked to stymie Chinese access to technologies that would improve the country’s military capabilities.

Biden Gets Tough on China, Protects American Innovation

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

President Biden is getting tough on China. The country that the administration is calling the United States’ “greatest long-term rival,” surpassing even Russia, is now facing significant controls on what kinds of exports it receives.

The White House has been enlisting partner nations to join the United States in identifying a variety of technologies that are considered sensitive and of potential military use, like artificial intelligence, and working to prevent China from obtaining them.

China’s history of human rights abuses, including its extensive network of forced labor camps, are also driving the administration’s efforts.

“As China has become more aggressive, more belligerent, more active in its tech sector, the importance of managing the relationship with China through export controls has risen,” Alan F. Estevez, head of the Bureau of Industry and Security, said.

The aim of the restrictions is not to cripple the Chinese economy, U.S. officials explained, but to prevent China’s access to technologies that would advance their scientific and military capabilities.

Whitmer Discusses Overcoming Partisan Obstruction to Create Jobs, Lower Rx Drug Costs for Michigan FamiliesAnalysis shows that Whitmer is willing to fight partisan obstructionism to deliver for Michigan families.

Whitmer Discusses Overcoming Partisan Obstruction to Create Jobs, Lower Rx Drug Costs for Michigan Families

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

In the last year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has overseen the passage of several pieces of legislation to create jobs, improve infrastructure, and crack down on the pharmaceutical industry—many times over the objection of Republican lawmakers in Lansing.

Whitmer successfully advocated for the creation of a $1 billion economic development fund designed to attract business investment to Michigan which, after being signed into law, helped Michigan add 220,000 jobs in 2021.

She fought and beat back critics in her quest to repair or rebuild over 13,000 lane miles of road and 900 bridges, supporting approximately 82,000 jobs. Earlier this year, Whitmer successfully advocated for the enactment of two plans, Building Michigan Together and Rebuilding Michigan Plan, focused on additional infrastructure improvements and job growth.

Despite a Republican majority in the Michigan state legislature, Whitmer was able to push through legislation aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs for Michigan residents and ensuring fair and transparent drug pricing practices. The legislation, which Whitmer signed into law in February 2022, reined in the costs tacked on by licensing pharmacy benefits managers—middlemen who control whether patients can access their prescriptions and how much they pay.

Additionally, under Whitmer’s direction, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sued major drug companies over their role in the state’s opioid crisis, resulting in a nearly $800 million settlement. Whitmer signed into law two bills directing the money into new investments in treating and preventing opioid abuse, including support for people in recovery and training programs for first responders.

Whitmer Highlights Record of Working With Both Parties to Create Jobs, Cut Taxes, and Lower Rx Drug CostsGovernor Whitmer has a track record of collaboration across party lines. “Since I took office,” Whitmer says, “I have been focused on getting things done and I will work with anyone to deliver on the kitchen-table issues that matter most to Michiganders.”

Whitmer Highlights Record of Working With Both Parties to Create Jobs, Cut Taxes, and Lower Rx Drug Costs

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

Since taking office in 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been the head of a divided government, with a Republican-majority state legislature; Republicans currently hold a 58-52 majority in the Michigan State House and a 22-16 majority in the State Senate. Recently, Whitmer touted how she has been able to work with the Republican majority on a variety of issues from infrastructure to prescription drug reform to get things done, citing that she has signed more than 800 bipartisan bills during her term.

Whitmer pointed to the fact that she secured support from both parties for serious investments in infrastructure, including the repair or rebuilding of over 13,000 lane miles of road and 900 bridges, supporting approximately 82,000 jobs.

Earlier this year, Whitmer drew praise from Michigan Republican leaders for spearheading a majorinvestment from General Motors, which is expected to bring 4,000 jobs to the state.

House Speaker Jason Wentworth, the top Republican in the Michigan House, thanked Governor Whitmer for her willingness “to work with anyone from either side of the aisle to find a way to make this work.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarkdale, called the news “historic” and noted, “High-quality jobs don’t have a party affiliation.”

In her remarks, Governor Whitmer called the investment “proof of what’s possible when we work together.”

Whitmer has also garnered the support of business leaders like Meijer CEO Rick Keyes, who said the Montcalm County-based company was “proud to support” new legislation designed to lower prescription drug costs for all Michiganders.

Whitmer Takes on China, Cracks Down on Outsourcing to Invest in Michigan Families“The future of mobility and manufacturing ought to be stamped with words that make us all proud: ‘Made in the USA,’ or better yet, ‘Made in Michigan,’” Whitmer said at a White House event; experts say her track record as Michigan Governor already shows a commitment to Michigan’s working families and to driving investment in the state.

Whitmer Takes on China, Cracks Down on Outsourcing to Invest in Michigan Families

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

On March 9, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined economic leaders at the White House to push for semiconductor manufacturing to move back to the United States.

“We cannot allow China to outcompete us on chip manufacturing and dominate everything from electronics to electric vehicles and countless other future technologies that we all need,” Whitmer said.

Experts say Whitmer already has a track record of creating jobs and driving investment in manufacturing that helps Michigan’s working families compete with China. She spearheaded investments in Michigan’s development fund, which has helped Michigan companies like GM create more than 220,000 jobs in the state that can’t be shipped overseas, part of a key strategy to crack down on corporations that outsource jobs to foreign countries.

Whitmer has also emphasized crucial investments in infrastructure here at home that can help Michigan workers bring goods to a global marketplace, like repairing or rebuilding over 13,000 lane miles of road and 900 bridges while supporting approximately 82,000 jobs.

Whitmer’s 2022 budget also looked to further bolster Michigan’s workforce and keep the state competitive with China, using proceeds from a $7 billion surplus to invest in Michigan Reconnect, a program that helps Michiganders 25 and up on a tuition-free path to higher education or skills training needed in a global economy.