Friday, August 7, 2015

Walker adds war-on-women veteran to campaign team

[Updated] Fresh from telling a national television audience last night that he did not support legal abortion exceptions for women made pregnant through rape or incest - - even if the mother's' life were at stake, as I noted when live-blogging the debate - - Scott Walker today named a fellow Tea Partier and anti-abortion crusader, Mark Obenshain, as his Virginia state campaign chairman, The Washington Post reports.

Obenshain, a GOP state senator, lost a close race for Virginia Attorney General in 2013.

As a state legislator, Obenshain had introduced legislation which would have forced women who suffered miscarriages to promptly report them to police or face prosecution:
When a fetal death occurs without medical attendance upon the mother at or after the delivery or abortion, the mother or someone acting on her behalf shall, within 24 hours, report the fetal death, location of the remains, and identity of the mother to the local or state police or sheriff’s department of the city or county where the fetal death occurred. No one shall remove, destroy, or otherwise dispose of any remains without the express authorization of law-enforcement officials or the medical examiner. Any person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Under Virginia law, a Class 1 misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of “confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500,” so Obenshain’s bill could lead to a woman who decides to take a day to grieve the loss of a pregnancy she’d hoped to carry to term spending a year of her life in jail for that decision.
Walker campaigned for the Virginia GOP ticket in 2013; Democrats swept the major statewide offices that year despite his travel there:


montrealhammer said...

Walker is all PRO-LIFE with compassion for all, unless you are a mother, in which case you are presumed to be a murderous criminal if you fail to bring a fetus to full-term live birth.


my5cents said...

This quote from a Catholic sister is, from now on, all I have to say on Women's health issues regarding childbirth.

In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the 'pro-life' movement:

"I do not believe that just because you're opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don't? Because you don't want any tax money to go there. That's not pro-life. That's pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is."