Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had sought to go further in rewriting Michigan’s abortion laws, but scaled back the bills to win majority support. Advocates said the bill package’s signing still marks a significant step forward.
The Democratic-led Legislature is adjourning after fulfilling much, but not all of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s fall agenda. Lawmakers passed energy and abortion reform but fell short on sick leave and drug affordability.
The Michigan Senate on Tuesday finalized what some advocates called a ‘watered-down’ version of bills repealing several abortion restrictions, keeping intact a 24-hour waiting period law that House Democrats didn’t have the votes to repeal.
Days after Detroit Rep. Karen Whitsett cast a surprising ‘no’ vote against a package of abortion bills important to Democrats, abortion rights activists applied more public pressure in a bid to change her stand.
Rep. Karen Whitsett of Detroit has often been at odds with leaders in her own party. While she supports abortion rights, she has reservations on several bills. And she warned leaders that other Democrats share her concern.