Governor Scott Walker is coming out in support of legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, saying he would sign a bill if it makes it to his desk.
The governor declined to state his position on the issue while he was campaigning last fall, but in an open letter released Tuesday, Walker touted his pro-life record and pledged to “continue working for every life.”
Walker wrote “in my past four years as governor, we have made substantial progress in the fight for our pro-life values in Wisconsin. We defunded Planned Parenthood. We prohibited abortion from being covered by health plans in a health exchange. We passed legislation assuring the women and their unborn child are better protected under law – through placing stringent requirements on medical professionals and requiring the provision of thorough and vital information to the mother.”
Walker continued that “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. I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level.”
The issue is just the latest Walker has moved to cement his position on as he consider a potential run for the Republican presidential nomination.