Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Says He Opposes Abortion Even When A Woman’s Life Is At Risk
The vast majority of Americans, even those who describe themselves as pro-life, support abortion in cases where the mother’s life is at risk. It is awful and nobody wants to be in the position of facing a life-threatening pregnancy, but sometimes it happens and the only option to save the mother’s life is to terminate the pregnancy. But during last night’s Republican debates, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker said he always opposes abortion, even to save a woman’s life.
“Would you really let a mother die rather than have an abortion?” Megyn Kelly asked during last night’s debate.
“Well I’m pro-life,” Walker said, according to Think Progress. “I’ve always been pro-life. I’ve got a position that’s consistent with many Americans out there in that I believe that that is an unborn child that’s in need of protection out there. And I’ve said many times that that unborn child can be protected and there are many alternatives that would protect the life of the mother.”
Walker does not specify what those “many alternatives” are, but people do not terminate wanted but life-threatening pregnancies because there are actually alternatives out there. Saying there are “many alternatives” while offering none is just an attempt to weasel out of admitting on television that you’re OK with letting a woman die rather than have an abortion.
Walker said that he did not support making abortion legal even when it is necessary to save the mother’s life. And it’s not like there are many situations where an abortion is necessary to save a woman’s life where it’s a choice between healthy, living woman and healthy, living baby. By the time a person is making that truly horrible, gut-wrenching decision, the situation is already dire. So in this case there are no alternatives and Walker isn’t “saving” or “protecting” anybody. He’s kind of like Oprah, except the opposite because instead of giving away cars he is sentencing women to death. “You get to die! And you get to die! Everybody gets to die!”
Walker’s anti-abortion platform is one of the cornerstones of his presidential campaign. In June he even signed a controversial ban on abortions after 20 weeks that did not even include an exception for pregnancies caused by rape or for cases of extreme fetal abnormality, which just seems cruel.
Megyn Kelly pointed out that 83 percent of Americans support exceptions to abortion bans when a woman’s life is at risk, which suggests that Walker might be too extreme to actually be a viable candidate in the 2016 election. I hope she’s right.
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