Pro-Choice Sen. Peters: ‘The Fact that Babies are Born is Always a Good Thing, I Love Babies'

Emily Robertson | February 21, 2022 | 4:50pm EST
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Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) (Getty Images)

( -- When asked if it was a good thing that 42% of the babies born in America in 2020 were born on Medicaid, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who supports abortion, did not answer directly but said, “The fact that babies are born is always a good thing.”

At the Capitol on Wednesday, asked Sen. Peters, “According to the CDC, 42% of the babies born in America in 2020 were born on Medicaid. Is that a good thing?”

The senator said, “The fact that babies are born is always a good thing, I love babies.”

Two weeks ago, the CDC released new data on births in 2020 listing the statistics of babies born on Medicaid, born to married and unmarried mothers, the race of the mothers, as well as other relevant information.

Women who gave birth were either on Medicaid or used private insurance as the main source of paying for the delivery. While births on private insurance increased from 50.2% the year before to 50.6%, the percentage of Medicaid births decreased from 42.1% to 42.0%.

The percentage of babies who were born to unmarried women overall in 2020 increased 1% from the year prior to 40.5%. 

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The CDC also created tables that list the births of babies to unmarried mothers beginning in the 1940’s. The percentage at that time for all races was only 3.8% of unmarried women who gave birth. In 1999 it hit 33%.

“Authorized by Title XIX of the Social Security Act, Medicaid was signed into law in 1965 alongside Medicare. All states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories have Medicaid programs designed to provide health coverage for low-income people,” the website says. “Although the Federal government establishes certain parameters for all states to follow, each state administers their Medicaid program differently, resulting in variations in Medicaid coverage across the country.”

Although Sen. Peters says babies being born is “always a good thing,” in his re-election he was endorsed by the pro-abortion group NARAL.

“Right now, we need champions like Senator Gary Peters fighting for reproductive freedom in the Senate,” said NARAL’s Brener-Schmitz. “As extreme anti-choice Republicans like John James and Donald Trump continue to launch attack after attack on women and families, it’s critical to have strong advocates who will stand up for our fundamental freedoms in the face of these unprecedented threats. Senator Peters has always had our back in the fight for reproductive freedom, and we’re proud to endorse him for re-election.”

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“I am honored to receive NARAL’s endorsement,” said Senator Peters. “At a time when women’s health care and reproductive freedoms are under attack in Michigan and around the country, it is more important than ever to have leaders who will fight to defend them. A woman has a fundamental right to make her own decisions about her own health care and politicians have no business getting in the way of that.”

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