Is Michigan Rep. Justin Amash Trying to Woo Back Extreme Anti-Choice Political Groups?

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash (R) was a Tea Party darling back in 2010, when Michigan Right to Life enthusiastically supported his congressional run. But the relationship turned sour in 2012, when Amash refused to vote for the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PRENDA), causing the state and national Right to Life committees to refuse to endorse his re-election campaign.

Amash won his reelection without their endorsement or financial support. Now, he may be on his way to mending burnt bridges if his latest interview with Reason is any indication. In the interview, Amash reaffirms his belief that abortion and birth control are repugnant and that, despite his libertarian leanings, government should ban anything “abortion-causing” (via Raw Story).

“It’s a tricky question, but where we have it now is not correct,” Amash said. “It should be closer to the point of conception, whether it’s instantly or the first three days. I think that’s more sensible. That’s what I think would be correct.”

Although this stance is hypocritical for someone who claims to embrace liberty and a non-intrusive government, it’s consistent with some of the other anti-choice restrictions Amash has said he would propose. Shortly after he was criticized for his failure to support PRENDA, Amash said he would introduce a massive omnibus bill that would strengthen “conscience objection” protections, enhance restrictions for teens seeking abortions, and regulate which medical professionals are allowed to perform abortions, at least within the District of Columbia. However, despite his public promises to restrict the right to choose, the “District of Columbia Respect for Life and Conscience Act of 2012” never did get introduced in the House.

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  • Ella Warnock

    “government should ban anything “abortion-causing”

    My question is: Where will the line be drawn ant what is or isn’t abortifacient? They’re already desperately and incorrectly claiming that hormonal birth control and Plan B “cause abortions.”
    These are the kinds of people who go on witch hunts to “find” things that could cause abortions. And what are we going to do about abortifacient herbs? Marijuana will probably be legal everywhere soon, so will these herbs replace MJ in terms of criminality?

    These people are always screaming like their hair is on fire about “slippery slopes.” What the hell is it they don’t see about the sheer faces with no ledges on either side of this shortsighted and dangerous idea?

    • HeilMary1

      The best way to deal with these unholy mother killers is to arrest them for their OWN “baby-killing” CAFFEINE consumption.

  • Carla Clark

    Also, hypocritical, because he is someone who WILL NEVER GET PREGNANT. Oh, yeah, what a Libertarian, eh?