FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2015
Contact: Mallory Quigley, [email protected], 202-223-8073
Walker: “I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it.”
Washington, D.C – This afternoon, Wisconsin Governor and 2016 hopeful Scott Walker sent an open letter outlining his pro-life record and stating his firm support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
“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,” writes Governor Walker, “I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level. I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it.”
In response, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said:
“Governor Walker is making his pro-life convictions concrete in his presidential platform. His commitment to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in Wisconsin and nationally is the best first step for a pro-life candidate and one that is embraced by the nation. This popular legislation has been endorsed by almost every Republican hopeful for 2016. The only likely candidate who has not yet endorsed the measure is Governor Chris Christie. We encourage him to back up his strong statements at CPAC last week by taking this concrete action.
“Americans are united in their desire to see the United States removed from the list of only seven nations to permit abortion after 20 weeks, almost six months. This is past the point when the unborn child can feel pain,” she said.
“While we fight for a federal law banning these brutal abortions, states are taking action. West Virginia is on the way to becoming the 14th state to pass a five month abortion limit. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin shamefully vetoed the Pain-Capable bill this morning after it had passed the legislature with bipartisan support. The legislation is so popular that the governor’s veto is almost certain to be overridden.”
A November 2014 poll from Quinnipiac found that 60 percent of Americans, including 56 percent of Independents and 46 percent of Democrats, support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act previously passed the House in 2013 by a 228-196 vote. To date, 13 states have enacted Pain-Capable laws. In addition to West Virginia, South Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin are also expected to advance Pain-Capable legislation this year.
The Susan B. Anthony List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.