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GOP Candidate: Hypothetical 14-12 months-Old Incest Victim Is ‘Perfect Example’ For Abortion Ban


Tudor Dixon, a leading Republican candidate for governor of Michigan, confirmed in a recent interview that her opposition to abortion rights extends even to a minor who’s raped by a member of the family.

On an episode of Charlie LeDuff’s talk show, “The No BS Newshour,” that aired Friday, LeDuff pressed Dixon, a conservative commentator and former steel industry executive, on whether her support for a strict abortion ban would apply to essentially the most extreme cases.

By the use of example, LeDuff proposed the hypothetical case of a 14-year-old girl who becomes pregnant after her uncle rapes her.

“Yeah, perfect example,” Dixon interjected.

“You’re saying carry that?” LeDuff asked, ending his query.

Dixon replied that she would expect that girl to hold the newborn to term and that she only supports allowing an abortion when a mother’s life is in peril.

“I do know people who find themselves the product ― a life is a life for me. That’s the way it is,” Dixon concluded.

The Michigan news outlet Heartland Signal first reported on the conversation on Wednesday morning, posting a video of the exchange that it pulled from the YouTube page of “The No BS Newshour.”

The Michigan Democratic Party immediately condemned Dixon’s remarks.

Dixon’s “callous remarks are the right example of how dangerous Tudor Dixon could be for Michigan families,” Michigan Democratic Party spokesperson Rodericka Applewhaite said in a press release to the media.

Dixon’s support for an abortion ban that features only an exception for cases when a mother’s life is danger is consistent with Michigan’s 1931 law banning abortion.

The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, which made abortion a federal right, effectively overrode that old law.

However the high court’s June decision sending the difficulty of abortion rights back to the states would have triggered the 1931 ban had a Michigan judge not granted Planned Parenthood’s request for a brief injunction blocking the law from taking effect on the grounds that it violates the state’s structure.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), whom Dixon is difficult, has filed a second lawsuit difficult the restoration of the 1931 law in court.

Asked to make clear why Dixon thinks the case of an adolescent who’s raped is the “perfect example” of her belief that abortion must be illegal except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger, Dixon provided HuffPost a press release affirming her anti-abortion views and accusing Whitmer of holding extreme views in the other way.

“Not everyone agrees with me that each life has value and we should always have the courage, as [University of Michigan football coach] Jim Harbaugh put it, to let unborn children be born,” Dixon said in a press release. “I do know that. I’m not hiding from it.”

“In contrast, Gretchen Whitmer won’t say if she has ANY limits on abortion because she supports abortion on demand for all, including minors (without their parents knowing),” Dixon added. “She just vetoed tens of tens of millions of dollars to assist pregnant women from the state budget. That shouldn’t be pro-choice. It’s anti-Life. Big difference.”

Whitmer indeed employed a line-item veto last week to stop public state funding from going to “crisis” pregnancy centers championed by abortion opponents. The pregnancy centers ― reviled by abortion rights advocates ― often pair counseling designed to discourage abortions with some basic resources that pregnant women seek.

The centers “purport to supply comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, but don’t, preying on women at a vulnerable time of their lives,” Whitmer spokesperson Bobby Leddy told the Detroit Free Press.

As well as, if Whitmer succeeds in stopping the 1931 law from taking effect, the state will proceed to have a lot of abortion restrictions still on the books. Those restrictions include requiring a minor to acquire consent from a parent to receive an abortion, and a prohibition on abortions after the purpose of fetal viability.

Whitmer, who revealed during a 2013 abortion rights fight within the state legislature that she had survived a rape as an adolescent, is running for reelection on a platform of strong support for abortion rights.

“Due to the work we’ve done together, abortion stays legal in Michigan,” she tweeted on Monday. “We’re fighting every rattling day to maintain it that way.”

A public poll last week showed Dixon holding a narrow lead over her rival Republicans for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. She had 19% support, compared with 15% for businessman Kevin Rinke and 13% for chiropractor Garrett Soldano.

The winner of the Republican primary on Aug. 2 will face Whitmer in the final election in November.

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