Governor Whitmer Pushes for Candid Abortion Dialogue

( – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the co-chair of President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign, last weekend urged the president to defend abortion more forcefully, saying “blunt language” was needed, CBS News reported.

During an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” last Sunday, host Margaret Brennan asked Governor Whitmer if she thought President Biden needed to speak more about abortion, despite his reservations as a Catholic.

Whitmer said it “would be good if he did,” adding that the president believes that women are the only ones who should decide what is “right for them.” She said Biden has fought to ensure that it remains a woman’s right to make the decision.

When Brennan asked if President Biden needed to be more of a “messenger on that,” Whitmer said it wouldn’t hurt. She explained that Americans want to see the president “fighting” for abortion and suggested that it would be helpful if Biden used more “blunt language.”

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, Governor Whitmer made abortion a central issue during the 2022 midterms.

Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to protect abortion in the state. Meanwhile, Whitmer linked her 2022 reelection campaign to the ballot measure. With abortion a central part of their midterm strategy, Michigan Democrats flipped the state legislature and Whitmer easily defeated Trump-endorsed Republican challenger Tudor Dixon.

In honor of the 51st Anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, the White House convened a meeting of President Biden’s task force on reproductive health to discuss possible new measures to expand abortion access despite the Supreme Court’s 2022 ruling.

During his remarks, President Biden claimed that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe “ripped away” the “fundamental right” of abortion. He reiterated his demand for Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe and vowed he would sign it “immediately.”

The cabinet officials involved in the task force are expected to report back to the White House with the status of implementing the president’s various executive actions aimed at expanding abortion access.

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