What a week.
And I don't say that in a good way. What so many of us worried about happened. Someone let slip that the majority GOP-appointed Justices of the Supreme Court (something they stole from President Obama, don't forget) were planning on issuing a decision that would invalidate portions of the famous Roe v Wade case, leaving millions of women (and men) across this nation pissed off, and rightfully so.
Then today I get word that the Democrat's own Larry Grell, my primary opponent in August, is anti-choice and as such more than likely supports this development. As if I wasn't mad enough and fired up to take this primary, it is now steadfast in my heart that I need to do whatever I can to make sure that women remain in control of their own bodies, not some collection of old men sitting in the legislature. I may not be a woman, but I was raised with and around strong women who have reinforced my beliefs that they are mistreated and misrepresented by politicians who only care about women when they can use them for political points.
Something can and should be done at the state level to protect women in Michigan. As it stands now, if Roe v Wade is overturned, Michigan becomes one of the most restrictive states for abortion in the country overnight. A state that has helped support progressive ideals like unionization and legalized cannabis is in line to be beyond repressive to its own citizens. This is a call to arms to let your voices be heard. Protest, write letters, make calls, post on social media, and most important of all - VOTE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT BECAUSE IT DOES!
While on the topic, allow me to share my personal stance: I am pro-choice. In my personal life with my wife and I, I am against abortion. However, I also know my personal life is not the personal life of everyone in this state/country. I understand that I should not be in control of what a woman does with her body and her health. That instances arrive where abortion is the only way to avoid severe health issues for both the woman and fetus. That cases of horrific rape and incest can and have resulted in unwanted pregnancies that would ruin countless lives.
Also, I am tired of people claiming to be "pro-life" without carrying that sentiment through to after birth. Where are their calls for paid maternity/paternity leave? Where are their calls for subsidized housing for the homeless population (many of them veterans)? Where are the cries for food assistance to ensure children and lower income families aren't left hungry? The fact of the matter is that the "pro-life" label is a marketing ploy meant to make anyone against it look "anti-life." And it's worked masterfully.
If elected, I will do whatever I can to protect a woman's right to choose. No addendums, no extra filler, no nonsense. Protect a woman's reproductive rights - full stop.