Thursday, July 16, 2015

Walker abortion double-talk/double-speak

When he was pressured during the 2014 gubernatorial candidate by Democratic opponent Mary Burke and Emily's list, Walker adopted some pro-choice language; we owe a debt to the Capital Times for tracking Walker's blatant spinning and flipping (reminiscent of his changing positions on immigration) on the issue.

The paper begins with a Walker 2014 ad that uses some soothing pro-choice language: 

That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options," Walker said, looking directly into the camera. "The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor. Now, reasonable people can disagree on this issue. Our priority is to protect the health and safety of all Wisconsin citizens."
Now that he's running for President, actively courting evangelical and pro-life constituencies, The Cap Times shows how Walker, always the tactician, offered Fox talking head Laura Ingraham one of his classic word salads to explain why he'd done such a thing while being 100% pro-life:
"Because we wanted to make the point — you had the pro-abortion, the NARAL, and Emily’s List, and Planned Parenthood and others out there tying to twist our ultrasound language into something that it wasn’t. We wanted to make the case, this is all it does, it doesn’t do anything else for all them complaining about this, it doesn’t change that decision," Walker said...
Ingraham responded: "But you don't believe — I just want to clarify this, governor ... you don't believe the final decision should be between a woman and her doctor—" 
"No...My point was, in pointing that out, is the bill, all it does, is require an ultrasound. It didn't change what the law is."
PolitiFact finds Walker's position on abortion demonstrably harsh.

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