Senator Gary Peters' Position
on Abortion and Other Life Issues

Supports using tax dollars to fund abortions and train abortionists

As a member in the US House n 2009, Gary Peters voted to allow Washington, D.C., to use tax dollars to fund abortions. In 2011 and in 2014, Peters voted against the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would have created a permanent, federal government-wide policy against funding abortions or health plans which cover abortions.  In 2011, Congressman Peters voted against the Foxx Amendment, which would have prevented federal tax dollars from being used to perform abortions or to train doctors to perform abortions. While a member of the Senate Gary Peters voted three times on the same day, December 3, 2015 to give Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, millions in taxpayer dollars. In 2017 he voted to keep in place President Obama’s last minute Title X gift to abortion providers, preventing states from defunding abortion providers and directing funding to health centers that don’t commit abortions.

Opposed attempts to ban partial birth abortion

While in the Michigan Senate, Peters voted at least 3 times (6/6/1996, 6/4/1998, and 5/6/1999) to keep partial-birth abortion legal in Michigan.

Opposes any and all abortion restrictions

Representative Peters has a 0% voting record in Congress as scored by National Right to Life Committee. This includes voting no on a ban on sex-selection abortion, voting no on legislation to prohibit abortions after 22 weeks on pain-capable children in Washington, D.C., and voting no on an amendment to prohibit federal funding of abortion and federal subsidies for insurance coverage of abortion.

During his 2010 run for Congress, Peters said he would "always oppose measures" which restrict abortion.

While in the Michigan Senate in 1999, he voted no on legislation to require abortion clinics to be regulated as free-standing outpatient facilities and on legislation to require abortionists and treating physicians to report physical complications from abortion.

Attempted to legalize assisted suicide in Michigan

Not only has Peters been an outspoken advocate for abortion, he was also a leading advocate for legalizing assisted suicide in Michigan.

In 1997, as a state senator, Peters introduced S.B. 653, a bill designed to legalize assisted suicide in Michigan.

After his legislation was defeated, Peters went on to become an honorary co-chairman of Proposal B, which attempted to legalize assisted suicide in Michigan by statewide referendum. Proposal B was soundly defeated 71% to 29% in 1998.

Using health care reform to fund abortions

During the debate over health care reform legislation, Congressman Peters voted against the Stupak-Pitts amendment which would have prohibited the funding of abortion through the government's insurance program and prohibited federal subsidies for private plans that cover abortion.

Recent Votes & Actions

Voting record
During the last 5+ years in the U.S. Congress, Senator Gary Peters has a 0% voting record from the National Right to Life Committee.

Co-sponsoring federal legislation to allow abortion without limits up until birth

Senator Peters is currently co-sponsoring legislation (S. 510) which is designed to outlaw states from regulating abortion and allow abortionists to operate with impunity. 

Makes misleading statements about Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

After the Supreme Court issued their ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Congressman Peters' campaign issued an error-plagued statement showing he either didn't understand the real issues involved or was attempting to mislead and scare readers. 

Supported by pro-abortion organizations

In the race for U.S. Senate, Gary Peters was endorsed in January of 2014 by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Planned Parenthood is America’s leading abortion provider. More than 320,000 abortions are performed annually at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. In early May 2014, Gary Peters had a meeting with Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Endorsed by notorious Michigan abortion clinic owner

In early May 2014, the Michigan Democratic Party releases video featuring abortion clinic owner Renee Chelian endorsing Gary Peters.

Tweets attack on Michigan's Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act

On March 13, 2014, Peters tweeted from his campaign's Twitter account that Michigan's Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act "unfairly discriminat(es)" against women and "makes health care less affordable."

Wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade (1/22/14), Peters wrote a Facebook update decrying restrictions on abortion and saying, "As the father of 2 daughters, I want to make sure that critical health care choices are accessible, affordable, and protected."

Celebrates judicial ruling which would have allowed creation of new abortion clinic in Auburn Hills

On January 11, 2012, Congressman Peters issued a press release celebrating a judge's ruling that Planned Parenthood could turn a building into an abortion clinic despite a local hotel's deed restriction. Planned Parenthood eventually put the building up for sale after the judge's decision was appealed. 

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