State Senate Majority Leader compares abortion to slavery

Published: Nov. 12, 2019 at 1:22 PM EST
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A Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Michigan Democrats for likening abortion to the "scourge" of slavery.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion is comparable to "the scourge we endured when we still had slavery in this country."

Democratic state Sen. Erika Geiss says Shirkey's remarks were "incredibly insensitive." Geiss, who is black, said Tuesday it is wrong to compare anything to the "atrocities of slavery" and what it did to black families.

Shirkey's spokeswoman says he believes abortion is an issue where there is no middle ground and it has the potential to be as divisive for the country as slavery was. She says he was not referring to the abortion procedure itself as being analogous to abortion.

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