Scott Walker not looking for rape or incest exemptions in Wisconsin 20-week abortion ban

Governor Scott Walker, potential Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking - RTX1E0LB

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)

Last fall, as he campaigned for re-election as governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker ran an ad claiming that one of his anti-abortion bills “leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor.” As dishonest as that was at the time, check out where Republican-presidential-primary Scott Walker lands: He’s happy to sign a 20-week abortion ban without exemptions for rape or incest.

Walker, who had previously expressed support for the bill that’s on a fast track in the Wisconsin Legislature, said it didn’t matter whether there was an exemption. As introduced, there is none in the bill.
“I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months when they are most concerned about it,” Walker said when asked about the exemption. “In this case, it’s an unborn life, it’s an unborn child, that’s why we feel strongly about it. I’m

to sign it either way they send it to us.”

So the decision is less between a woman and her doctor than between a rapist and Scott Walker, huh? Let’s be clear: Walker is not simply saying he doesn’t care, he’s inviting Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature to pass this bill without rape or incest exemptions.

Funny, isn’t it, how in a competitive general election against a woman, he was all about the final decision being between a woman and her doctor (if they could get around all the hurdles he’d thrown up, but he wasn’t exactly mentioning that), and now that he’s trying to win over Republican primary voters in states like Iowa and South Carolina, he’s a full-on culture warrior? If he gets to the general election, he may find that it’s a little harder to dodge his real record this time around—but women in Wisconsin will already have paid the price.

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