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Shirkey compares abortion to slavery; Democrats speak out


The state Senate Majority Leader is under fire for comments he made about abortion on a radio show.

Senator Mike Shirkey was asked about a package of bills introduced by Democrats and supported by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The bills would expand access to abortion.

Shirkey said allowing abortion is comparable to quote: “the scourge that we endured when we still had slavery in this country.”

Democratic Senator Erica Geiss is African American. She says a procedure involving a woman’s body is in no way comparable to the horrors of slavery.

“I think it is incredibly out of touch for him to have made such incredibly insensitive remarks.”

A spokeswoman for Shirkey later clarified that Shirkey was specifically referring to how divisive the issue is.