Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a front-runner in Thursday night’s GOP debate, said he has “always been pro-life” and would not allow for exceptions to an abortion ban for women whose lives are at risk.
“Well I’m pro-life,” the Republican candidate said. “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.”
Moderator Megyn Kelly had asked Walker: “would you really let a mother die rather than have an abortion?” She added that 83 percent of voters are in favor of a “life exception” and questioned whether he is too out of the mainstream on this issue to win the general election.
Walker did not expand on what the “many alternatives” are that would protect pregnant women seeking an abortion because of medical reasons. In recent months, Walker has been touting his anti-choice credentials on the campaign trail in an attempt to appeal to evangelical conservatives. In June, he signed a 20 week abortion ban that includes no exceptions for rape victims or severe fetal anomalies. The governor justified the legislation by claiming that at 20 weeks, a fetus can feel pain — an assertion that health experts dispute.
And last month, Walker said during an interview that an abortion is not a decision to be made between a woman and her doctor.