WI GOP, Walker Rushing Extreme Anti-Choice Legislation

Wisconsin Republicans are pushing to expedite their extreme 20 week abortion ban before the state budget debate in June. Governor Scott Walker has already come out in favor of the legislation, doubling down on his anti-choice agenda earlier this month and agreeing to sign the bill into law. The ban would be a devastating blow to women’s abortion access in the state, charging doctors who break it with a felony and possible jail time — even in cases of rape or incest. Walker has a long history of supporting extreme policies including personhood and making severe cuts to women’s healthcare facilities across Wisconsin. 

Check out Walker's record of hurting a woman's right to choose after the jump:

The 2016 GOP Field is Hopelessly Backwards on Women’s Healthcare

The 2016 GOP presidential wannabees came out in full force to show their support for heinous House legislation restricting women’s access to healthcare. Not to be outdone, Chris Christie and Scott Walker have also backed legislation limiting women’s right to choose. The bill erects senseless barriers for survivors of rape and incest, making it even more difficult to get timely healthcare. Rape victims would be required to undergo multiple trips to different health care providers and endure a 48 hour waiting period.

This issue has proven toxic for the GOP in general elections, but the conservative base demands purity — and they’re getting it. Meanwhile, 62 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of Independents say this is the wrong issue for Congress to be spending time on.This latest outpouring of support from presidential contenders makes it abundantly clear that instead of trying to help working families, the 2016 field would rather spend their time […]

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Scott Walker’s Re-Ups His Extreme Anti-Choice Agenda

Scott Walker doubled down on his anti-choice agenda yesterday, saying he would support the 20 week abortion ban introduced by Republicans in the Wisconsin state legislature. Walker is in favor of extreme policies when it comes to a woman’s right to choose, opposing abortion even in cases of rape, incest or to protect the mother’s life. The governor also supports personhood which could restrict women’s access to birth control and hurts families trying to conceive through nontraditional methods like In Vitro fertilization.

Take a look at more of his extreme record below:

No Exceptions

WALKER OPPOSED ABORTION WITH NO EXCEPTIONS FOR RAPE, INCEST, OR TO PROTECT THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER

PolitiFact: Walker Opposed Abortion Even In The Cases Of Rape, Incest, And Protecting The Life Of The Mother. According to PolitiFact, “In the race for governor, Democrat Tom Barrett said his opponent, Republican Scott Walker, “wants to make abortion illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.” Walker acknowledges that is his position. We rate Barrett’s claim True.” [PolitiFact, 10/26/10]

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GOP Candidates in Iowa Triple Down on RFRA, Opposing Gay Marriage

A reminder to the WHCA hangover crowd:  while DC was partying, GOP presidential candidates were on the stump in Waukee, Iowa for the five hour Iowa Faith & Freedom summit, putting all their chips in on opposing gay marriage and supporting discriminatory Indiana-style RFRA laws.  Here are some highlights:

Marco Rubio

Marriage is between one man and one woman, and children are better off with heterosexual parents:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SVZADxUq74

Rick Perry

Backing RFRA, and hyping his own role in passing it in Texas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yu4u07Hz2c

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Will Governor McCrory Break His Promise…Again?

Governor Pat McCrory has a big decision to make: Will he betray North Carolina women once again?

In his 2012 gubernatorial campaign, McCrory unequivocally promised that he wouldn’t sign new restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. But in 2013 he broke that promise, signing dangerous restrictions on women’s health choices into law.

He’s now faced with that dilemma again; North Carolina state House lawmakers just voted to extend the waiting period for an abortion in North Carolina from 24 to 72 hours, moving North Carolina one step closer to becoming just the fourth state with that law.

So the question is, who shows up to work — the Pat McCrory that promised his constituents no further restrictions on choice, or the one that caved to the legislature and and ruined his credibility?

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MEMO: What To Expect In Nashua

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: What to Expect in Nashua
DATE: April 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidates are descending like a swarm of locusts on Nashua, New Hampshire, this weekend for the NHGOP’s First in the Nation Leadership Summit. With more than 20 candidate events scheduled in addition to Friday and Saturday’s speaking slots, American Bridge will be working overtime to document every word from targeted candidates and continue our work holding Republicans accountable for their extreme positions and words. Here’s what we’re expecting to hear.

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Will Gov. Pat McCrory go back on his word and limit choice…again?

Governor Pat McCrory, might have a big decision to make: Will he sign new legislation that would restrict women’s right to choose if it reaches his desk? He promised voters in his 2012 campaign that he would sign no new restrictions, but we know how that ended.

In 2013, Gov. McCrory betrayed North Carolina voters by signing legislation seriously limiting women’s right to choose. Will he do it again?

McCrory must make it clear whether he intends to veto the new legislation. Until he does, North Carolinians will remain skeptical that the governor still isn’t a man of his word.

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MEMO: Scott Walker Refusing to Answer Questions after Doubling Down on Extreme Positions

As Scott Walker gets closer and closer to announcing his run for president, he’s doubling down on extreme positions that are taking him closer and closer to the right wing conservative base. On top of that, he’s avoiding answering press questions on these positions because he only wants to talk about them to extreme audiences who share his views. In just the past couple weeks, he avoided answering press questions at CPAC in late February, after a speech to the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce last week, at the Iowa Ag Summit this past weekend, and after signing his disastrous right-to-work bill in Wisconsin yesterday.

Since Scott Walker won’t talk about his positions, we’re happy to fill the void. Here’s what Walker has been up to lately:

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NEW VIDEO: Fact Check: Scott Brown On Women’s Health

Scott Brown just released a new ad expressing his outrage with Senator Shaheen for highlighting his terrible record on women’s health.

Unfortunately for Scott Brown, facts are facts. For example:

  • Scott Brown is from Massachusetts.
  • Scott Brown sits on the Board of Directors at a company that outsources American jobs.
  • Scott Brown lavished praise on the Koch brothers for helping him in his 2010 campaign and asked them for more money.
View supporting research after the jump.

Scott Walker’s Sad Attempt at Spin

In 2011, when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked Walker to confirm that he “oppose[s] abortion even in cases of rape and incest,” Walker replied with a resounding “that’s correct.” Then Walker was asked: “As governor you will push hard for laws to curb abortion, how hard will you work on that issue?”

Walker’s response: “Well I’m pro-life… I’m pro-life across the board.” Followed by a litany of examples of anti-women’s health legislation he has supported throughout his career.

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