Michigan tests bounds of abortion politics after Democrats swept state in 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Michigan will push the boundaries of abortion politics this November after the issue upended campaigns last election cycle.

Democrats nationally and in the state underscore the importance of abortion access and other forms of reproductive freedoms after the Alabama Supreme Court this month created uncertainty regarding fertility treatments and before the U.S. Supreme Court considers the mifepristone abortion pill case. But Michigan Republicans are downplaying the importance of abortion politics this year after Democrats won the governor’s mansion and the statehouse in 2022, in part because of a ballot initiative that proposed a state constitutional amendment protecting access.

In an interview after the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), the dean of Michigan’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., was adamant abortion is “not an
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