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‘Republicans Abandoned Me’: Meet the Dobbs Voters of Michigan

Krystal Carpenter, 43, identified as a staunch Republican and voted that way from her 18th birthday until this year, when she turned 42 and watched GOP leaders cheer as the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Carpenter knew about the ruling as soon as it came on because, at the time, she had her TV turned on to Fox News 24/7.

“I called my husband, hysterical,” she said. “I felt disappointed, disrespected and hurt by the party I supported my entire life. Why would the party I was born and raised into, that I’ve given my time, money and vote to, turn their back on me and say I can’t make this decision?”

Two days later, Carpenter changed her party registration so she could participate in the Democratic primary. She also started writing letters to every elected official she could think of, from her state lawmakers and governor to Biden and each member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Only one person responded out of the dozens she contacted — Whitmer, who invited her to participate in an October listening session on abortion rights.

There, she told the governor and the other Michigan women at the event that the fall of Roe hit her particularly hard because she had had an abortion as a teenager after becoming pregnant as a result of a sexual assault — a decision she feels allowed her to thrive and become a mother later, when she was ready.

“If I had to give birth at 17, would I have quit school? Would I have been resentful of my children? Would I have committed suicide? Would I have fallen into alcohol or drug addiction?” she wonders. “I know that what made me a fantastic mother is that the choice was mine.”

For the next few weeks, Carpenter says she will be knocking on doors, making phone calls and attending rallies for Whitmer and the ballot referendum on abortion rights. After that, regardless of the outcome of the vote, she’s unsure whether she will ever return to the GOP.

“I truly feel like after the vile hatred I have been given from my former political party … I don’t know if I will ever be able to vote for them again,” she said. “The one time it mattered, they abandoned me.”

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