Garrett Soldano claimed that people who become pregnant after being raped were put “in this moment” by God and should be encouraged to deliver their child instead.
Need to Know
- Soldano, running for Michigan governor, said he would do everything in his power to pass a law modeled on Texas’ abortion ban.
- Soldano’s views are out of the mainstream in Michigan. More than two-thirds of Michigan voters (67%) want the Supreme Court to keep Roe v. Wade in place, while only 19% want it overturned, according to a recent WDIV/Detroit News poll.
- On Tuesday, Soldano refused to back down. “I meant every word of it and I’m not ashamed of it. That’s just who I am,” he said.
MICHIGAN–A Republican candidate for governor in Michigan made waves recently after declaring that women who are raped shouldn’t have abortions and should instead be “heroic” and give birth because the fetus inside them “may be the next president.”
Garrett Soldano, a chiropractor and small business owner from Southwest Michigan, made the controversial comments during a Jan. 19 interview with a right-wing podcast. When asked how he would “ensure the sanctity of life,” the unabashedly anti-abortion Republican said he would do everything he could to protect a fetus.
Citing a mentor whose mother was the victim of gang rape but continued her pregnancy, Soldano claimed that people who become pregnant after being raped were put “in this moment” by God and should be encouraged to deliver their child instead.
“How about we start inspiring women in the culture to let them understand and know how heroic they are and how unbelievable they are that God put them in this moment, and they don’t know that little baby inside them may be the next president. Maybe the next person that changes humanity may get us out of the situation, maybe in the future.” Soldano said. “We don’t know that. That is what we must do is start to create that culture.”
During the interview, Soldano was also asked if he would try to pass a law modeled on Texas’ six-week abortion ban. “I will do everything in my power to make sure that happens,” he replied. “We must defend life in all instances.”
Video of Soldano’s interview was posted to Twitter by Heartland Signal, a liberal leaning news site in the Midwest. His comments drew immediate backlash, with several Michigan lawmakers jumping in to put Soldano on blast for his “sickening” comments.
On Tuesday, Soldano took to Facebook Live to address the controversy, but refused to back down.
“I meant every word of it and I’m not ashamed of it. That’s just who I am,” he said.
Soldano’s views are out of the mainstream in Michigan. More than two-thirds of Michigan voters (67%) want the Supreme Court to keep Roe v. Wade in place, while only 19% want it overturned, according to a recent WDIV/Detroit News poll.
Nearly eight in 10 voters also said that abortion should be a decision left to a woman and her doctor.
Michigan Elections 101: The Republican gubernatorial primary will be held on Aug. 2, ahead of the Nov. 8 general election. Voters can register to vote, double check or update their existing registration, and learn more about voting at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website.
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