Gov. Whitmer Says Abortion Is 'Life Sustaining' and 'Politics Is Everything Right Now'

Posted: Apr 16, 2020 9:02 PM
Gov. Whitmer Says Abortion Is 'Life Sustaining' and 'Politics Is Everything Right Now'

Source: Michigan Office of the Governor via AP

Michigan's Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer is rumored to be on the shortlist of possible running mates for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which is a good thing for the governor since Michiganders appear poised to throw her out of office at the earliest opportunity. Like her potential running mate, Whitmer has botched some recent interviews; not by forgetting where she was or who she was talking to but by saying things she actually believes, like "politics is everything right now" in the middle of the coronavirus and that abortions are "essential" because they are "life sustaining." For whose life, exactly, the governor did not specify.

"It's hard to campaign and talk about politics right now," Gov. Whitmer began innocently enough. "But politics is everything right now. Who's in office mattered."

To be fair, it does matter who's in office. Whitmer's potential running mate, Joe Biden, was busy calling the president "xenophobic" when Trump moved early on to restrict travel from China, a decision that Dr. Fauci and other health experts have credited for minimizing the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S.

In another interview, the governor defended abortions as an essential medical procedure that she believes women should still be allowed to get under stay-at-home orders. The governor went so far as to call abortions a "life sustaining" medical decision that "government should not be getting in the middle of." 

Gov. Whitmer is facing opposition after extending her stay-at-home order through the end of the month and imposing additional restrictions. On Wednesday, thousands of protestors descended upon the streets of Lansing in a vehicle protest over the governor's decision to keep the state closed. 

Speaker of Michigan's House of Representatives, Lee Chatfield, said there was nothing more American than people exercising their constitutional rights to petition their government. Speaker Chatfield said he trusted the protesters to exercise safety while also exercising their constitutional rights.

On Thursday, Trump unveiled federal guidelines for states to begin reopening in phases as the severity of the disease diminishes in a state-by-state basis. 

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