“As the father of two daughters, I struggle with how to tell them that the state we love and where our family has been for generations is now unfairly discriminating against them and makes health care less affordable,” Peters said in a statement last week.Did you catch that none-too-subtle slutshaming of Peters' teenage daughters? And did it make you want to vomit? This is a staggeringly vicious and stupid attack. Vicious because, again, teenage daughters. Stupid because, really, immediate family members of United States congressmen are not the people harmed by making abortion more expensive and harder to obtain. You really have to stretch to make Peters' position on this issue into a self-interested one—but stretch Right to Life of Michigan did, and the only plausible reason they did so was to take that shot at Peters' daughters. Which is entirely of a piece with this law the group supported to make life more difficult and expensive and limited for Michigan women.
Right to Life of Michigan — the right-wing group that was instrumental in getting the new law approved last winter — has seized on that sentiment. In a new website highlighting Peters’ abortion policy positions, the group cites Peters’ recent comments to assert that the pro-choice lawmaker “wants to make sure abortion is accessible and cheap for his daughters.”
Right to Life of Michigan has endorsed Terri Lynn Land, Peters' opponent in the Senate race. Peters is urging Land to "condemn these attacks for what they are—the worst of inflammatory partisan politics and nothing to do with finding solutions to the challenges facing Michigan women and our families."