Wisconsin Governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker attempted to make his position on abortion abundantly clear on Tuesday, penning an “open letter on life,” in which confirmed he plans to sign legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in his state if it reaches his desk.
In the letter, Walker outlines the policies that have helped him achieve a 100% rating with pro-life groups in Wisconsin, including defunding Planned Parenthood and preventing women from using health insurance to pay for abortions.
“As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and
child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks,” Walker wrote. “I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level.”
Earlier today, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV) vetoed such a ban for the second year in a row, this one containing exemptions for some medical emergencies, but not for rape or incest, according to the Associated Press. However, the Republican-led state legislature is expected to override the veto and pass it into law anyway.
As Walker indicated, similar efforts to pass a 20-week abortion ban are already underway this year in Wisconsin.
Read the full letter below:
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