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Whitmer plans to fight fetal heartbeat ballot initiative

Posted at 12:22 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 12:22:51-04

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she plans to fight the ballot push to ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

She has already vowed to veto the abortion-restricting legislation now pending in the state legislature.

The initiative, announced this week, by the Michigan Heartbeat Coalition, would make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

A fetal heartbeat typically occurs around the sixth week of pregnancy.

"For government and a bunch of men, frankly, to get between a woman and her provider is downright dangerous especially when most of them can't even spell endometriosis much less could tell you what it means," Whitmer said. "They have no business making policy around women's health in this state."

Whitmer is a longtime supporter of abortion rights.

She made national headlines in 2013 when she revealed her own story of sexual assault on the floor of the Michigan Senate.

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