For Immediate Release
September 21, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on James Craig Secret Audio Recording
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a secret audio recording, Republican gubernatorial candidate James Craig said that if elected, he would block any attempts by Democrats to repeal Michigan’s 90-year-old ban on abortion. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement in response:
“James Craig has been trying to hide his position on restricting abortion care. But in private, he had no qualms about admitting the truth: As governor, James Craig will do everything in his power to implement a complete ban on abortion in Michigan and will stand in the way of any Democrat-led efforts to protect reproductive freedom.
“We cannot allow James Craig and Michigan Republicans to revert to a nearly 100-year-old law that strips pregnant people of their bodily autonomy and criminalizes health care providers. Voters in Michigan deserve a leader who will never stop protecting their reproductive freedom in the face of these unprecedented attacks on abortion care. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is a Democratic pro-choice champion, and EMILYs List will do everything in our power to reelect her.”
To read James Craig’s comments from the secret audio recording, click here.
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