In the recording, which was obtained and provided by American Bridge 21st Century, a liberal political action committee that conducts opposition research on Republicans, Craig is asked if he would stop Democrats “from undoing the law that makes abortion illegal in Michigan."
“I will do whatever I can — I'm pro-life," Craig responded.
Asked again if he supports blocking Democrats from “repealing that law," Craig said, “Yes."
Asked about the recording, Craig's campaign didn't directly respond to his remarks about the abortion ban.
“James Craig is unapologetically pro-life and opposes liberal efforts for abortion on demand, late term abortions, and partial birth abortions," his campaign said in a written statement.
Abortion-rights advocates say Craig's support for a complete ban on abortion is unpopular and would turn back the clock on women's rights.
“The right to abortion is about freedom, bodily autonomy, and people who become pregnant determining their own futures," Sam Inglot, deputy director of the progressive group Progress Michigan, tells Metro Times. “The fact that James Craig is willing to take that freedom away is incredibly regressive and dangerous. The idea of reverting to a nearly 100-year-old law that strips people of these rights is not the direction we want to go in the state."
If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and Michigan's law ban goes back into effect, women could be imprisoned for terminating their pregnancy, abortion-rights advocates point out.
“James Craig just said in no uncertain terms that he would do everything in his power to ensure that abortion is criminalized as manslaughter and make felons out of healthcare providers," said Rodericka Applewhaite, spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party. “Thanks to a 1931 Michigan law that Craig is committed to keeping on the books, that's exactly the hostile environment women and families would immediately face should Roe v. Wade get overturned. Already, the Supreme Court is set to hear a direct challenge to this crucial case at the end of the year. For the Detroit Dodger to choose this as the first clear answer of his candidacy proves that he's been refusing to answer questions in the hopes that it would hide his extremist views from Michiganders."
Craig has previously dodged questions about his position on abortion.
“Though he has desperately tried to hide his extreme positions, James Craig finally confirmed he stands by an extreme anti-abortion law that would virtually eliminate the freedom to decide and criminalize doctors for doing their jobs," DNC spokesperson Adonna Biel said. “Michigan's 1931 abortion ban has no place in the 21st century, and yet Craig is willing to stand by an arcane law in opposition to decades of precedent, and jeopardize the health of countless people."
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US filmmaker, writer, painter, photographer and musician, Gus Van Sant, is now turning his hand to theatre with a new musical in Lisbon about the early career of Pop Art creator, Andy Warhol.
Van Sant -- best-known for films such as "My Own Private Idaho" and "Good Will Hunting" -- said he had long wanted to make a film about Warhol, and even wrote a screenplay with US actor River Phoenix, who died at 23 in 1993, set for the lead role.
Now, in his first-ever work for the stage, the 69-year-old laureate of Canne's Palme d'Or has written the musical "Andy", which is being premiered on Thursday in the Portuguese capital as part of the Biennial of Contemporary Arts where Van Sant is one of this year's artists in residence.
"I was trying to put together the greatest hits of Andy's life to explain his rise into the art world in the 60s," the filmmaker said.
With dialogue and songs penned by Van Sant himself, the musical -- which is being staged in English in Lisbon's prestigious Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, ahead of a European tour that takes it to cities such as Rome, Amsterdam, Paris and Athens -- is a collection of anecdotes about Warhol's encounters with leading figures of American culture, like writer Truman Capote, art critic Clement Greenberg and actor Edie Sedgwick.
The picture that emerges of the artist is one of "a very strange character that is not really related to the Andy Warhol that maybe we know. He's sort of a stand-in for Andy," Van Sant said.
Among Van Sant's films are biopics about iconic figures such as Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain in "Last Days" and gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk in "Milk".
"Very few people knew who Andy Warhol really was," said Portuguese actor Diogo Fernandes, who plays the artist in the production.
"I think he was someone who was shy, fascinated by American culture and who wanted to be a star, but never imagined what impact he would have," Fernandes told AFP.
For Van Sant's collaborator on the project, John Romao, Warhol was "someone half-hidden in the shadows, shy, but very forceful at the same time thanks to his ability to turn his ideas into reality. This made him both fascinating and frightening to those around him."
Born in Pittsburgh in 1928, Warhol began his career as a commercial illustrator.
But he soon became a leading exponent of the Pop Art movement and worked in a wide range of different media, such as painting, photography and film.
His studio in New York, The Factory, was a meeting place for intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons.
Best-known for his silkscreen paintings of "Campbell's Soup Cans", Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Mao Zedong, he also managed and produced the experimental rock band, The Velvet Underground, and founded Interview magazine.
He died in New York at the age of 58 in 1987.
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Biden had two vulgar words to say when he first encountered one of Trump’s ‘toys’ in the White House
According to the book "Peril," as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden first toured the White House after Donald Trump vacated it January 20, he encountered one room of the former president's "toys," and responded with a two-word vulgarity.
“Trump's existence permeated the White House, even the residence," Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in the new book, per an excerpt cited by ABC News, HuffPost reports. “One night, Biden wandered into a room where a huge video screen covered the wall. To relax, Trump used to upload programs to virtually play the world's most famous golf courses."
The new President had just two words to say about the golf "toy."
“What a fucking asshole," President Biden responded.
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