State of Michigan Archives: on Abortion

Dave Trott: Sanctity of life from conception

Dave is pro-life and believes in the sanctity of life from conception to a natural death. Dave believes the federal government should be prohibited from spending tax dollars to fund abortions, or from forcing private entities to provide abortion coverage.
Source: 2014 Michigan House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Mike Bishop: 100% Pro-life record

Mike Bishop has received multiple Right to Life endorsements and has a 100% Pro-life record.
Source: 2014 Michigan House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Mike Bishop: Pro-life with exception only for life of the mother

Q: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death?

Bishop: Strongly Agree

Q: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Bishop: I am pro-life with the only exception being that of the life of the mother.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Michigan Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Rick Snyder: Vetoed total abortion ban; signed abortion restrictions

Perhaps the most defining moment in Rick Snyder's tenure came when the Legislature voted for Right to Life's (RTL) initiative banning abortion coverage in standard health care plans, with no exceptions for rape, incest or the mother's life. Last year, Snyder put his foot down and vetoed legislation doing just that. He's always said social issues aren't on his agenda, but he's tried to work with RTL.

The governor did sign highly controversial legislation to restrict abortion that's likely to shut down providers. But that wasn't good enough for RTL. They saw an opportunity with GOP majorities in the House and Senate. So they launched a petition drive for the abortion insurance ban, which, it should be noted, is an interesting interpretation of free market principles. After collecting more than 300,000 signatures, the measure went before the Legislature and passed this month. It cuts the governor completely out of the process--his signature isn't required; this is now the law of the land.

Source: Michigan Live on 2014 Michigan gubernatorial race Dec 31, 2013

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,, "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,, "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,, 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,, ďIssuesĒ May 2, 2008

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