The Republican nominee for governor in Michigan has spoken of the “bond” between a mother and child when asked if an underage rape victim should be able to have an abortion.
Tudor Dixon, who won the GOP primary this month following the endorsement of ex-President Donald Trump, told Fox 2 Detroit that she was “pro-life with exceptions for life of the mother” when questioned about how her stance on terminations was being presented.
She said that campaign ads that portrayed her as not believing in the mother’s life were “not true” and that her view is that the “health of the mother and life of the mother are two different things.”
She described as “fake” stories that there were no dispensations for women who have, for instance, ectopic pregnancies, amid a confusing legal landscape following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade, which had guaranteed a women’s federal right to an abortion.
Anchor Roop Raj then asked Dixon about whether she would support terminating the pregnancy of a 14-year-old rape victim.
Dixon replied that she had spoken to people who were the children of rape victims and that “the bond that those two people made and the fact that out of that tragedy there was healing through that baby, it’s something that we don’t think about.”
“We assume that that story is someone who was taken from the front yard, then returned,” she told Raj.
“Those voices—the babies of rape victims—that have come forward are very powerful when you hear their story and what the truth is behind that. It’s very hard to not stand up for those people,” she said.
Dixon, 45, is a conservative commentator and business owner who clinched the Republican nomination after getting the last-minute support of Trump.