A Michigan pro-life group maintains that their Democratic governor "is now an abortion ideologue" and needs a lesson on empowering women.
In 2004, Michigan lawmakers created a fund called the Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act that was intended to collect money from governments and donors to establish offices on university campuses to assist women who are pregnant or parenting children. But earlier this week, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) (pictured) vetoed a state budget item that would have provided funding.
"We've never had any money in the account up until this point," explains Genevieve Marnon with Right to Life of Michigan. "We had hoped to put $150,000 in that account for the … 15 public universities in the state, and unfortunately Governor Whitmer chose to line item veto out that modest amount of money."
The governor gave no reason for her veto – but Marnon points out that as a state representative in 2004, Whitmer voted for the law to create the account.
"As a woman, she's constantly talking about empowering women. She's constantly talking about higher education," notes the pro-lifer. "And yet in order to have women be successful who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy while a college student, she's slashed help for these women."
So, while pregnancy help centers are available for women in crisis pregnancies, none will be on campuses. Marnon "absolutely" expects many of the women will opt for abortions.