LANSING – Despite saying “social issues are not on my agenda,” Gov. Rick Snyder may soon have to decide whether Michigan women seeking an abortion will be subjected to transvaginal ultrasounds under legislation introduced by Michigan House Republicans.
“Rick Snyder should come out publicly and denounce this extreme, Tea Party bill, which would invade women’s privacy and endanger their health with an unnecessary medical procedure,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “It’s time for Michigan Republicans to stop intruding on a woman’s relationship with her doctor and start focusing on jobs and the economy. Snyder says he wants to move forward from the divisiveness of the lame duck session. He can make progress toward that goal by stating for the record that he will veto this legislation if Lansing Republicans put it ‘on the agenda’ and send it to his desk.”
When running for governor in 2010, Snyder was asked if he would sign legislation restricting abortion. He replied, “Yes. I’m pro-life, pro-family.”
In December 2012, Snyder signed House Bill 5711, landmark anti-choice legislation designed to limit Michigan women’s access to safe and legal medical care.