Michigan GOP nominee for governor said in an interview that she believes there’s a “bond” that can be form between a rape victim and a child born from sexual assault that can be “healing,” when asked if an underage victim of rape should be able to terminate the pregnancy.
When asked by Fox 2 Detroit whether she would support a 14-year-old rape victim getting an abortion, Tudor Dixon said she spoke with people who were the children of rape victims and believes their mothers experience a sense of “healing” by giving birth.
“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,” she said.
“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,” Dixon added, according to Newsweek.
Dixon won the GOP primary earlier this month after a last minute endorsement from Donald Trump. She is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November.
Recent polling shows Whitmer leading Dixon by five points. But, Whitmer holds a 17-point lead over Dixon among female voters.
Even though the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and turned the issue of abortion over to the states, abortion remains legal in Michigan for now. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Jacob James Cunningham blocked county prosecutors from enforcing a 1931 abortion law that banned the procedure with no exceptions.