Pro-life centers among casualties of governor's veto

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

pregnant African-American womanPregnant women in Michigan may be hurting for help during their pregnancy after the state’s Democratic governor punished the pro-life movement.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used a line item veto to eliminate spending for the state's pro-life pregnancy centers that are operated through Real Alternatives.

Genevieve Marnon of Right to Life of Michigan tells OneNewsNow that Whitmer vetoed 147 items all together, all of them issues supported by the Republican legislature, in an attempt to convince the GOP to cooperate with her.  

baby feetFor example, the governor wanted to increase the gas tax 45 cents to fund roads but the legislature didn't want to do that and found the money elsewhere. But the governor wanted it her way.

Marnon and other pro-life activists say pregnant women will also pay the price since the pregnancy centers will operate with fewer funds.

“They offer real help,” Marnon says, “to these women in need: diapers, clothing, counseling, parenting classes, you name it.”

The work of Real Alternatives, she adds, has shown “tangible numbers” that the program has saved the state money by helping mothers who would otherwise sign up for other state-run programs.

According to the Michigan Center for Disease Control, the program saved Michigan taxpayers close to $200 million.

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