For Immediate Release
September 20, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on James Craig’s Extreme Anti-Choice Agenda
Governors are the last line of defense against the state legislators who are seeking to implement Texas-style extreme abortion bans in Michigan. That’s why voters deserve to know where a candidate stands. This issue is too important to support candidates who won’t fully defend the rights of all Michiganders to make their own health care decisions. That’s why James Craig’s noncommittal answer on this issue tells voters everything they need to know: If elected, James Craig would not stand in the way of even the most extreme efforts to restrict their access to abortion care.
“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, on the other hand, has been a staunch supporter of reproductive freedom since her election. Voters in Michigan know that Roe v. Wade is under attack, and they deserve a leader who will fight back against GOP-led efforts to institute dangerous and extreme abortion bans in their state. EMILYs List is proud to stand with Democratic pro-choice champion Gov. Whitmer during this crucial moment for reproductive freedom.”
To read James Craig’s comments, click here.
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