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Few Choices in Governor's Race for Pro-Choice Voters

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 By Amy Miller/Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MI, Contact
August 2, 2010

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has provided a veto-firewall for legislation that would limit women's reproductive rights. The Democrat has been a safeguard for pro-choice advocates. Depending on the outcome of tomorrow's primary, however, that could change significantly. Only one out of the seven gubernatorial candidates is pro-choice.

Sarah Scranton is the executive director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan. She says having only one pro-choice option is disconcerting. She's also concerned about the degree to which the other candidates are anti-choice.

"Poll after poll shows that the overwhelming majority of Michiganders are, in fact, pro-choice. And the field of governor candidates actually is very extreme; they don't even support abortion in cases of rape or incest - and that clearly is not where the public stands."

There has been recent infighting between the Republican candidates for governor over who is most conservative on abortion issues. Of the two Democratic candidates, one is pro-choice, the other is anti-abortion and does not endorse stem cell research. So, Scranton says, the outcome of the election could turn back the clock on abortion issues.

"We're going to see legislation, which is overwhelmingly anti-choice, pass. And when it gets to the governor's office, we will likely see it signed."

Michigan's primary election is tomorrow. Voters can get more information on candidates at www.votesmart.org.)

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