State of Michigan Archives: on Abortion


Terri Lynn Land: Supports GOP platform which bans abortion

Terri Lynn Land announced she will continue to serve as National Committeewoman for the National Republican Party while running for Senate. In this role, Land voted for, and will continue to promote, the GOP platform, which called for turning Medicare into a voucher program and a ban on abortion that did not include exceptions for rape, incest or saving a woman's life. Land's extreme GOP platform also supported privatizing Social Security, banning same sex marriage, opposing any gun legislation that would limit "the capacity of clips or magazine," banning women from combat, and a study to determine whether to return the US dollar to the gold standard.

In August 2012, Bloomberg reported that the 2012 Republican platform "also proposes a constitutional amendment to ban abortion without stipulating any exceptions for ending pregnancies caused by rape or to save a woman's life."

Source: DSCC press release on 2014 Michigan Senate debate Jun 11, 2013

Randy Hekman: Life begins at conception

In the lightning round, candidates agreed unanimously that the Internal Revenue Service should be abolished, life should begin at conception, they would never vote to increase the debt of the federal government and that the idea of a flat tax would prove to be beneficial.
Source: CMU Central Michigan Life on 2012 Michigan Senate debate Jan 14, 2012

Rick Snyder: Signed partial-birth abortion ban into law

Legislation banning the procedure referred to as partial-birth abortion was signed into law. Michigan people have repeatedly spoken on this issue and this legislation reaffirms the value of human life. This brings Michigan in line with federal law.

SB 160 prohibits partial-birth abortion except when necessary to protect the life of the mother. HB 4110 makes performing a partial-birth abortion or assisting in the procedure a felony. A woman who undergoes the procedure would not face criminal charges

Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #263970 Oct 12, 2011

Rick Snyder: Firmly pro-life, which begins at conception

Q: You've said that you're pro-life?

A: I am firmly pro-life. I understand that this is a very personal and passionate issue for many of us. At the same time, in today's society it has become a very divisive issue. Good people can and have drawn different conclusions. I have a strong belief in the value of human life, which I believe begins at conception and includes human embryos.

Source: Campaign website, rickformichigan.com, "FAQ" Nov 2, 2010

Rick Snyder: Embryos are human life; but support stem cell initiative

Q: You've said that you're pro-life, but why did you support the stem cell initiative and how do you reconcile the two?

A: I have a strong belief in the value of human life, which I believe begins at conception and includes human embryos. I also believe that the sanctity of life should be upheld. As I struggled with my personal choice on this issue, I ultimately decided that stem cell research and its possible life-giving potential would be a better alternative than discarding unused embryos. It is also my hope that scientific advances in the use of adult stem cells will soon make embryonic stem cell research unnecessary. I understand that not everyone can agree with my position on this issue. Ultimately, the voters have decided this issue and as Governor I would uphold the voters' wishes, regardless of my personal opinion. As Governor, my primary focus would be on the economy.

Source: Campaign website, rickformichigan.com, "FAQ" Nov 2, 2010

Jack Hoogendyk: Constitutionally guaranteed right to life from conception

I believe that all humans have constitutionally guaranteed right to life. This right extends from the time of conception to the time of natural death.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, jackformichigan.org, ďIssuesĒ May 2, 2008

Jack Hoogendyk: Supports adult stem cell research but not embryonic research

I am a proponent of stem cell research. But I draw a distinction between embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) and adult stem cell research. Embryonic is impractical because of problems with rejection and, to date, a failure to produce any cures. ESCR also requires the destruction of a human embryo, which is human life in its smallest form. Adult stem cell research has produced over 70 cures and continues to show great promise and progress. I oppose ESCR and strongly support Adult stem cell research.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, jackformichigan.org, ďIssuesĒ May 2, 2008

Mike Bouchard: Voted against partial-birth abortion; 100% pro-life