For Immediate Release
February 1, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Whitmer Challenger Soldano’s Echo of Todd Akin
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Laphonza Butler, President of EMILYs List, released the following statement on Republican candidate for Michigan governor Garrett Soldano’s outrageous claim that women impregnated by their rapist should “recognize that God put them in this moment”:
“Garrett Soldano’s defense of forcing rape survivors to carry their attacker’s child is a disgusting, dangerous attack on women’s control over our own bodies and our own lives.
“A decade ago, Republican candidates making similar statements about rape survivors were roundly condemned and defeated. Nonetheless, men like Garrett Soldano and his party continue to try to control women in the face of overwhelming public support for the right to choose. With Roe v. Wade under threat at the Supreme Court, the stakes have never been higher. When Garrett Soldano tells you the laws his party wants, the stakes have never been more clear.”
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