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The GOP on Choice


Correct The Record Releases Analysis of Republican Hopefuls’ Record on Woman’s Right to Choose

Highlights recent efforts by Walker, Graham to ban abortion after twenty weeks

Washington, DC – Today, Correct The Record released an analysis of the records of Republican presidential hopefuls on a woman’s right to choose.  Republican presidential candidates, including Scott Walker and Lindsey Graham, have received national attention this past week as they doubled down on their support for a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, in some cases even for victims of rape or incest.

Scott Walker said last Monday he would sign legislation banning abortions after twenty weeks, including in instances of rape or incest.  Walker’s view is extreme – even Mitt Romney and John McCain have supported exceptions for rape and incest.  Walker also reiterated his past support for requiring women to undergo ultrasounds for no medical purpose before abortions.

Lindsey Graham this week will reportedly introduce legislation in the United States Senate to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

“Republicans need to address women’s issues like they’re living in this century and not previous ones,” said Adrienne Watson, communications director of Correct The Record.  “The Republican field would rather take extreme and backward stances for their own political benefit than allow women the right to make their own decisions with their doctors regarding their health.”


The GOP on Choice

Jeb Bush

As governor, Jeb Bush engaged in anti-choice activism that “shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office.” “Jeb, meanwhile, declared in 2003 that he was ‘probably the most pro-life governor in modern times.’ As governor, Bush signed a law to create ‘Choose Life’ license plates in Florida, the proceeds from which flow to anti-abortion advocacy organizations. He also aggressively intervened in two high-profile cases to prevent a mentally disabled rape victim and a 13-year-old girl from being able to have abortions. In the former case, involving a 22-year-old rape victim who was both pregnant and developmentally disabled, Bush asked a court to appoint a guardian to represent the woman’s fetus. […] In 2005, Bush fought to prevent a pregnant 13-year-old girl, who was a ward of the state, from having an abortion. He was overruled by a judge, and CNN later reported that Bush’s ‘abortion activism shocked some state officials who believed he was reaching beyond the powers of his office.’” [Huffington Post, 3/25/15]

Jeb Bush vetoed funding for family planning services provided to poor women through Planned Parenthood. According to the St. Petersburg Times, “Even the most powerful state lawmakers were hit by Gov. Jeb Bush’s vetoes on Friday. The Republican governor vetoed $ 290-million in the state budget that lawmakers passed this spring, including more than $ 25-million for projects in two counties – Manatee and Sarasota – represented by Senate President John McKay. […] The cuts also included $ 302,843 for family planning services provided to poor women through local Planned Parenthood affiliates, money that had been provided each year for more than a decade. The share earmarked for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, which includes the Tampa Bay area, was $ 125,800 for services for 1,258 women. The other regional affiliates affected by the cuts are based in Jacksonville and Naples. ‘Many of our patients have no health insurance nor are eligible for Medicaid. They absolutely depend on clinics like ours,’ said Barbara A. Zdravecky, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.” [St. Petersburg Times, 6/16/01]

Ben Carson

Ben Carson likened abortion to “human sacrifice.” “Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon-turned-conservative rock star — and an open follower of the Christian faith — likely ruffled liberal feathers with his most recent comment on abortion, during which he likened it to the biblical act of sacrificing humans. He made the remark during an appearance on the Christian broadcast outlet, DoveTV, after host Perry Atkinson suggested that America could receive great blessings from God by outlawing abortion. […] ‘It’s interesting,’ Mr. Carson said, Raw Story reported, ‘that we sit around and call other ancient civilizations ‘heathen’ because of human sacrifice, but aren’t we actually guilty of the same thing?’” [Washington Times, 7/2/14]

Chris Christie

Chris Christie had an “unprecedented anti-abortion position for a New Jersey governor.” According to the Record, “Ironically, Christie has staked an unprecedented antiabortion position for a New Jersey governor. He was the first governor to oppose abortion rights since the Supreme Court’s 1972 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing most abortions. In January 2011, Christie attended a State House rally on that decision’s anniversary, declaring ‘every life is precious and a gift from God.’ He also cut $7.5 million for family planning clinics, including some run by Planned Parenthood. These positions have never hurt Christie politically, but his critics have never attacked him in a concerted advertising blitz, either.” [The Record (NJ), 10/24/12]

Chris Christie endorsed a 20-week abortion ban. “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday joined other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in endorsing a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. ‘I am proud to be a pro-life Republican,’ Christie said in a statement to the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, which solicited endorsements of the legislation from Republicans. ‘I believe that every life is an individual gift from God, and that no life is disposable.’ The 20-week ban would block abortions at least two weeks before the fetus is viable outside the womb. Such a restriction appears to defy the Supreme Court, which decided in Roe v. Wade in 1973 that women have a right to seek an abortion until the fetus is viable, at around 22 weeks to 24 weeks.” [Huffington Post, 3/30/15]

Chris Christie’s funding cuts caused 6 abortion clinics to close between 2010 and 2014. According to Bloomberg News, “Chris Christie, who last week prodded Republicans to drop anti-abortion rhetoric to appeal to more voters, has steadily weakened access to the procedure in New Jersey. Even with a Democratic-controlled legislature committed to reproductive rights, the second-term governor’s annual funding cuts for women’s health services have prompted at least six clinics to close since 2010, according to lawmakers.” [Bloomberg News, 7/28/14]

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz opposed abortion even for victims of rape and incest, and referred to birth control pills as “abortion-inducing drugs.” “Cruz, like Akin, opposes abortion for victims of rape and incest. He also labels forms of contraception such as Plan B ‘abortifacients’, which isn’t scientifically or medically correct. At the Value Voters Summit last fall, Cruz repeatedly referred to contraception as ‘abortion-inducing drugs.’” [PBS, 3/23/15]

Ted Cruz supported the Life at Conception Act. According to Pro Life Alliance, “With the general election now past, come January several newly elected pro-life champions will be joining the fight on Capitol Hill for a Life at Conception Act. One of those champions will be Ted Cruz from Texas whose strong support for the Life at Conception Act contributed to his success.” [Pro Life Alliance, 11/9/12]

Ted Cruz was an original cosponsor of the Senate version of legislation designed to defund Planned Parenthood. “Congressional Republicans informed LifeNews today that more than 80 other House members re-introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act would revoke taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood to ensure taxpayers are not financing the abortion industry. Representative Diane Black, a pro-life congresswoman from Tennessee, is the lead sponsor of the bill along with Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Jackie Walorski (R-IN), Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ), and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA). This bill ensures that Title X family planning grants are used for their intended purpose and are prohibited from being used by organizations that provide abortions or fund those that do. ‘Planned Parenthood and organizations like it that profit off the destruction of innocent life do not deserve one more dime from American taxpayers. I have been proud to lead the charge against the funding of the big-abortion industry since my first days as a state legislator, and I am honored to continue this fight by reintroducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This legislation would simply clarify the original intent and spirit of the law to ensure that Title X federal funded grants will no longer be awarded to ‘health care’ providers that fail to protect life by providing abortions,’ Black said.” [LifeNews, 1/8/15; S. 582, 2/26/15]

Ted Cruz supported a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks. According to the Indianapolis Star, “Gov. Mike Pence and a group of other possible Republican presidential contenders have thrown their support behind a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and other possible Republican contenders wrote to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, in support of his proposed ban, which is based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that stage.” [Indianapolis Star, 9/17/14]

Ted Cruz said that taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood was an “assault on our liberties.”  According to a transcript of an interview with Sen. Ted Cruz on American Family Radio obtained via Right Wing Watch, “Cruz: […] You and I are both strongly pro-life, have been fighting to defend the right to life for many years, the idea that we are facing an administration that is so radical that they will do anything they can to defend and expand the taxpayer money to pay for Planned Parenthood and to fund the abortion industry, that is really dismaying and it is typical of the assault on our liberties that is proceeding relentlessly everyday under the Obama administration.” [Right Wing Watch, 3/13/12]

Ted Cruz called that anniversary of Roe v. Wade a “dark anniversary” and said that “we mourn those 55 million souls.”  According to a press release from Sen. Ted Cruz, “Today marks the dark anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that overturned a Texas law that prohibited abortion on demand. Since that 1973 ruling, more than 55 million lives have been lost to abortion. Defending life, at its core, includes protecting both the unborn child and his or her mother from an irreversible injustice. We cannot know how many inventors, musicians, scientists, athletes, physicians, and entrepreneurs were never allowed to breathe their first breath of life. We cannot know the medical cures, artistic masterpieces, thriving businesses, and life-transforming charities that never came into existence. Today we mourn those 55 million souls.” [Press Release – Office Of Senator Ted Cruz, 1/22/13]

Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham pushed a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. “Senate Republicans, led by Lindsey Graham, are planning to ramp up their advocacy for an abortion bill around the high-profile anniversary of a former abortion provider’s murder conviction. The South Carolina Republican is organizing a group of his colleagues to speak in support of a bill that would federally ban abortions after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy, legislation that has the support of 41 Senate Republicans and has already passed the House.” [Politico, 5/8/14; S. 1670,11/07/13]

Lindsey Graham will reportedly introduce Senate abortion bill this week. “Senator Graham has announced that he will introduce, during the week of June 8, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to sign on as an original cosponsor of this landmark pro-life legislation.” [National Right to Life Committee press release, 6/2/15]

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee said that reproductive freedom was worse than the Holocaust. “He blamed the legalization of abortion and same-sex marriage on the failure of pastors to become active in politics. Huckabee said Americans have ‘blood on our hands’ for failing to criminalize abortion and contended that reproductive freedom is much worse than the Nazi Holocaust.” [Right Wing Watch, 11/25/14]

Mike Huckabee supported “personhood” legislation that would outlaw common forms of birth control. “Former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News host Mike Huckabee (R) will be the keynote speaker at an anti-abortion event in Jackson, Mississippi next week. Huckabee will help raise money for Personhood Mississippi, a radical group that is trying to amend the state constitution to give every fertilized eggs full rights. […] Personhood USA and its affiliates are fringe anti-abortion groups that are determined to redefine life as beginning at the moment of fertilization, effectively outlawing contraceptives like birth control pills.” [ThinkProgress, 8/31/11]

Mike Huckabee supported fully defunding Planned Parenthood. “My fight to defund Planned Parenthood continues. With Democrats in the House vowing to block Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. We must make clear to Republican Leaders that pushing to fully eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood is a grassroots priority for millions of Conservatives across the nation.” [Mike Huckabee Facebook page, 8/15/13]


Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal supported legislation outlawing abortion, if Roe v. Wade were ever overturned. According to the Gambit Weekly, “It’s debatable whether Jackson’s legislation would make abortions safer, but it is clear whose agenda it advances. Louisiana Right to Life and the Bioethics Defense Fund, two pro-life groups, say they have ‘worked with Representative Jackson to prepare the legislation.’ Earlier this month. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office issued a press release praising Jackson’s bill, along with another Right to Life-backed bill, this one by Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, who appeared with Jackson and Jindal at a press conference touting the two bills ‘If Roe v. Wade is ever overturned, we already have a law in place that immediately makes it law you can’t do an abortion,’ Hoffmann said, with Jindal and Jackson at his side. ‘But until then, we want to make it as difficult as possible for the people doing that.’ That may or may not be what Jackson had in mind, but it’s a consequence of her bill.” [Gambit Weekly, 3/8/14]

Bobby Jindal opposed abortion in all cases, including rape, incest and when the health of the mother was at risk. According to Newsweek, “After a long stretch of soul searching, Jindal concluded that Protestantism lacked ‘scriptural cogency’ and decided to become a strict Catholic instead. […] His deeply Catholic views, including a ‘100 percent’ opposition to abortion ‘with no exceptions’ for rape, incest or health of the mother, undoubtedly anger more voters than they attract. ‘If I wanted the aesthetics without the inconvenient morality,’ he wrote in 1998, ‘I could become Episcopalian.’” [Newsweek, 12/12/08]

Bobby Jindal’s administration blocked Planned Parenthood from opening a clinic in New Orleans.  “Then last month Jindal’s administration denied Planned Parenthood an operating license, stating that the group failed to show the need for the clinic. Work has stopped at the site on a busy thoroughfare west of downtown, at least for now, while Planned Parenthood vows to appeal.  The clinic decision comes as Jindal prepares to launch a campaign for the White House in 2016, with a special emphasis on courting the Republican Party’s influential evangelical wing. Jindal, who was raised Hindu but converted to Catholicism, has staked out conservative positions on social issues ranging from same-sex marriage to prayer in the schools in an effort to become the preferred candidate of the Christian right.” [Washington Post,2/14/15]

John Kasich

John Kasich signed into law a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. “Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill on Wednesday that bans abortions after 20 weeks if the fetus is determined to be viable, making Ohio the latest in a series of states to ban late-term abortions. The Ohio bill contains no exceptions for rape or incest and only a very narrow exception for health of the mother, which means that an Ohio physician must be able to prove in court that he performed a late-term abortion to save the woman’s life. If a doctor violates this rule, he could be arrested and lose his medical license.” [Huffington Post, 7/21/11]

John Kasich signed into law a bill that enacted strict abortion restrictions, including mandatory ultrasounds. “Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed stringent abortion restrictions into law as part of his state’s budget Sunday night, just days after Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis thrilled abortion rights groups nationwide with her successful filibuster against proposed anti-abortion regulations in her home state. The provisions in Ohio will make it more difficult for family planning groups to receive funding for preventive care; require ultrasounds for anyone seeking an abortion; and limit abortion providers’ ability to get transfer agreements with public hospitals.” [Washington Post, 7/1/13]

John Kasich signed legislation essentially cutting off Planned Parenthood from $1.4 million in federal family-planning dollars.According to the Columbus Dispatch, “In all, Kasich vetoed 22 items, including some earmarks. However, Ohio State University’s STAR House, which helps homeless youth, kept its $665,000 per year in funding. Significant abortion provisions in the budget were not changed. The bill essentially cuts off Planned Parenthood from about $1.4 million in federal family-planning dollars by re-prioritizing who can receive the money. Under the bill, abortion clinics must have a transfer agreement with a hospital, but they are prohibited from signing one with a public hospital. The bill also requires a doctor to perform an external ultrasound prior to an abortion to search for a heartbeat, and if one is found, the doctor must inform the woman. The doctor also must tell the woman the likelihood of the fetus surviving to a full term, and the bill redefines a fetus as ‘developing from the moment of conception,’ rather than when a fertilized egg has been implanted in the uterus.” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/1/13]

Rand Paul

Rand Paul sponsored an anti-abortion “personhood” bill that could outlaw forms of emergency contraceptives. “Paul, a likely Republican presidential candidate, sponsored an anti-abortion bill in 2013 that defines life as beginning at fertilization. Democrats say the so-called ‘Personhood’ measure would outlaw Plan B and other emergency contraceptives.” [CNN, 9/30/14; S. 583, 3/14/13]

Rand Paul believed life began at conception. According to the 2010 Rand Paul for U.S. Senate website, Paul wrote: “I would support legislation, a Sanctity of Life Amendment, establishing the principle that life begins at conception. This legislation would define life at conception in law, as a scientific statement.” [Rand Paul for U.S. Senate – Issues: Abortion, Archived 8/26/10]

Rand Paul voted to defund Planned Parenthood. On April 14 2011 Paul Voted for an amendment that, according to Congressional Quarterly, would have “direct[ed] the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment of a bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” The amendment was defeated by a vote of 42 to 58. [Congressional Quarterly, 4/14/11;  Senate Vote 60, 4/14/11]

Mike Pence

Mike Pence supported a federal ban on abortion after 20 weeks. “Gov. Mike Pence and a group of other possible Republican presidential contenders have thrown their support behind a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. […] ‘It is for these reason that I wholeheartedly support (the legislation) and join you in urging Senate leadership to allow a vote on this important piece of pro-life legislation,’ Pence wrote in the April 3, 2014 letter.” [Associated Press, 9/17/14]

Mike Pence said that he would keep marching until “Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history where it belongs.” According to the Weekly Standard, “Indiana congressman Mike Pence of Indiana–who’s deciding this week between running for president and governor–delivered a strong, succinct (372 words by my count) speech at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. today. Pence pushed back against the proposal–advanced by fellow Hoosier Gov. Mitch Daniels–that the issue of abortion should somehow be set aside while the economy is struggling. Said Pence: […] ‘We gather to mark the 38th anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott.  And we gather today in the shadow of a new pro-life majority on Capitol Hill.  And we will keep gathering until Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history where it belongs.” [Weekly Standard, 1/24/11]

Mike Pence co-sponsored the Life at Conception Act.  According to the Library of Congress, Mike Pence was a cosponsor of H.R.374, the “Life at Conception Act”. According to the library of congress, the bill, “Declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual comes into being.” [Library Of Congress, Accessed 12/12/14]

Rick Perry

Rick Perry signed into law controversial legislation that banned abortion after 20 weeks and shuttered family planning clinics across Texas. “Following weeks of heated protests at the state capitol, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) signed into law on Thursday a package of abortion restrictions that is expected to drastically reduce access to abortion across the state. House Bill 2 bans abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, four weeks earlier than the standard set by Roe v. Wade. It may also lead to the closure of all but five abortion clinics in the state, since it requires all clinics to become ambulatory surgical centers, even if they do not provide surgical abortions. The bill mandates that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility and requires them to administer the abortion-inducing medication RU-486 in person, rather than allow women to take it at home.” [Huffington Post, 7/18/13]

Rick Perry called Roe v. Wade “a grim testament to judicial activism, and a tragic stain on our national conscience.”  According to Raw Story, “Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas blasted the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision on Monday, indicating he will continue to push for anti-abortion laws. ‘Roe v. Wade paved the way for the loss of more than 54 million innocent lives, with more than a million added to that total with each passing year,’ he said in a statement on the eve of the ruling’s 40th anniversary. ‘This catastrophic loss of life is a grim testament to judicial activism, and a tragic stain on our national conscience.’” [Raw Story, 1/21/13]

Rick Perry signed the Personhood pledge. According to PolitiFact, “The pledge, which Perry signed Dec. 15, says: ‘I believe that in order to properly protect the right to life of the vulnerable among us, every human being at every stage of development must be recognized as a person possessing the right to life in federal and state laws without exception and without compromise.’ However, it also says this, suggesting some ambiguity when it comes to the ‘life of the mother’ exception: ‘I recognize that in cases where a mother’s life is at risk, every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well; leaving the death of an innocent child an unintended tragedy rather than an intentional killing.’” [PolitiFact,12/28/11]

Rick Perry opposed abortion in all instances, including in cases of rape and incest. “‘In a move that cements his stature on the Republican Party’s conservative wing, Texas Gov. Rick Perry confirmed to a pastor on Tuesday that he no longer supports abortion in any cases, including rape. […] ‘My view is that life begins at conception and the end of human life should be protected until human death. And that has guided me as governor of my home state,’ Perry said, explaining that his position was a product of studying both the Founding Fathers and the Bible. He pledged that on his first day in office he would reinstate the so-called ‘Mexico City policy,’ which requires all non-governmental organizations that receive federal funding not to perform abortions and has been a constant point of struggle between Democrats and Republicans in the abortion debate.” [CBS News, 12/28/11]

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio supported bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks after conception. “The Weekly Standard reported three weeks ago that Rubio agreed to shepherd the bill, and Rubio attributed delays to anti-abortion senators’ attempt to identify which clause of the Constitution would allow lawmakers to implement a 20-week abortion ban nationwide. Rubio and 27 other Republican senators signed onto a bill from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) in 2011 that would require lawmakers to point to which piece of the Constitution allows government expansion — and he said adherence to that idea is causing the slowdown, not cold feet. Rubio said ‘certainly’ the Constitution would allow a federal law banning abortions after 20 weeks — it’s just a question of which portion of the document. Rubio is also a co-sponsor of a bill from Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia, an issue he said that is more easily constitutionally settled given the District’s federal status.” [Politico, 7/24/13]

Marco Rubio said it was “settled science” that “human life begins at conception.” “Sick of taking flak for his climate-change denial, Senator Marco Rubio tried to change the topic (a classic crisis-management move) by accusing his critics of hypocrisy (another classic). It’s hypocritical, Mr. Rubio told Sean Hannity on Wednesday, for ‘all these people’ to ‘wag their finger’ at him about ‘science and settled science’ — because there’s another area of settled science they don’t like to discuss. ‘Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to. The science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life begins at conception. So I hope the next time someone wags their finger about science, they’ll ask one of these leaders on the left: ‘Do you agree with the consensus of scientists that say that human life begins at conception?’ I’d like to see someone ask that question.’” [NY Times, 3/15/14]

Marco Rubio voted to defund Planned Parenthood. “Rand Paul has previously voted to defund Planned Parenthood and said he would ‘stop the flow of tax dollars to groups who perform or advocate for abortion.’ Marco Rubio joined Paul in the vote to defund the health provider, and has made no secret of his plans to further restrict access.” [Salon, 2/27/15; Senate roll call vote 60, 4/14/11]

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum opposed abortion even in cases of rape, saying women should “make the best out of a bad situation.” “GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape during an interview Friday, saying that women who face such circumstances should ‘make the best out of a bad situation.’ Asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan what he would do if his own daughter approached him, begging for an abortion after having been raped, Santorum explained that he would counsel her to ‘accept this horribly created’ baby, because it was still a gift from God, even if given in a ‘broken’ way.” [Huffington Post, 1/23/12]

Rick Santorum opposed the use of contraceptives and wanted to “get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage or contraceptive coverage” as government policy. “Candidates often say things when polling in the single digits that come back to haunt them when they start leading the polls. Last October, Rick Santorum gave an interview with an Evangelical blog called Caffeinated Thoughts, in which he said contraception is ‘not okay,’ and that this would be a public policy issue he would tackle as President. In particular, he said he would ‘get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage or contraceptive coverage’ as a government policy.” [Time, 2/14/12]

Rick Santorum signed the Personhood USA pledge. “Santorum, along with Paul, signed the Personhood USA pledge which declares opposition to abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is in danger. Even in that instance, the pledge says ‘every effort should be made to save the baby’s life as well; leaving the death of an innocent child as an unintended tragedy rather than an intentional killing.’” [Fox News, 1/3/12]

Rick Santorum on Planned Parenthood: “That’s an organization that has a very sordid history and founding and one that I still think focuses in on activities that a lot of people have moral objections to… Public funds should not be used for that purpose.” “Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has criticized Gov. Mitch Daniels for his call for a ‘truce’ on social issues, is now calling on his potential 2012 rival to sign a controversial bill to cut $3 million in funding to Planned Parenthood in Indiana. ‘That’s an organization that has a very sordid history and founding and one that I still think focuses in on activities that a lot of people have moral objections to,’ Santorum said in an interview with CBS News political analyst John Dickerson Thursday. ‘Public funds should not be used for that purpose,’ he added. Planned Parenthood provides abortion services, among other health services, though they are barred by law from using federal taxpayer money.” [CBS News, 4/29/11]


Scott Walker

Scott Walker supported legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks. “Shifting his tone to reassure social conservatives, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared Tuesday that he intends to sign a state law in the coming months that bans abortion after 20 weeks. In an open letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, the likely Republican presidential candidate also said that he supports ‘similar legislation’ now stalled in Congress.” [Politico, 3/3/15]

Scott Walker opposed abortion, including in instances of rape and incest. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Walker opposes abortion, including in instances of rape and incest.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/3/10]

Scott Walker declared himself “100 percent pro-life” and pledged to seek a complete abortion ban. “For his part, Walker has said repeatedly he opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. He declares himself ‘100 percent pro-life.’ And to Pro-Life Wisconsin, an organization that opposes abortion without exception, Walker pledged to seek a complete abortion ban. We asked Jill Bader, Walker’s campaign spokeswoman, about Barrett’s ad and she said it accurately states Walker’s position.” [Politifact, 10/26/10]

Scott Walker signed a budget that “eliminated over $1 million in state funding to Planned Parenthood clinics.” “A fifth Planned Parenthood health center closed in Wisconsin on Thursday due to state budget cuts that directed family planning money away from the provider. The Fond du Lac clinic did not provide abortion services. It offered birth control, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, pregnancy tests, annual exams and breast cancer screenings to over 1,000 patients a year. A spokesperson for the clinic blamed the closure directly on Gov. Scott Walker (R), whose 2011-2013 budget eliminated over $1 million in state funding to Planned Parenthood clinics.” [Huffington Post, 9/25/14]

Scott Walker bragged about having “defunded Planned Parenthood” in Wisconsin. “A few weeks before the November election, in an interview with The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the governor sidestepped questions about his earlier opposition to abortion, and declined four times to answer directly when asked if abortion should be prohibited after 20 weeks — a position he had previously embraced. He also declined to restate his earlier opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest. But in a breakout speech in Iowa on Jan. 24, he drew loud applause from the crowd of conservative activists when he declared that he had passed ‘pro-life legislation’ in Wisconsin and ‘defunded Planned Parenthood.’” [New York Times, 2/22/15]

Scott Walker supported “personhood” legislation. “Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin spoke directly into the camera in a 30-second spot last fall and called abortion an ‘agonizing’ decision. He described himself as pro-life but, borrowing the language of the abortion rights movement, pointed to legislation he signed that leaves ‘the final decision to a woman and her doctor.’ That language was gone when Mr. Walker met privately with Iowa Republicans in a hotel conference room last month, according to a person who attended the meeting. There, he highlighted his early support for a ‘personhood amendment,’ which defines life as beginning at conception and would effectively prohibit all abortions and some methods of birth control.” [New York Times, 2/22/15]

Scott Walker: Forced mandatory ultrasounds were “just a cool thing out there.” “I’ll give you an example. I’m pro-life, I’ve passed pro-life legislation. We defunded Planned Parenthood, we signed a law that requires an ultrasound. Which, the thing about that, the media tried to make that sound like that was a crazy idea. Most people I talk to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time who’ll get out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20, you know we still have their first ultrasound picture. It’s just a cool thing out there.” [NPR, 5/27/15]

Scott Walker supported a 20-week abortion ban with no exceptions for rape or incest. “Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he will sign a proposed 20-week abortion ban whether or not it includes an exemption for cases of rape or incest. […] Walker, who had previously expressed support for the bill that’s on a fast track in the Wisconsin Legislature, said it didn’t matter whether there was an exemption. As introduced, there is none in the bill.” [Chicago Tribune, 6/1/15]

  • Scott Walker on abortion ban exemptions for rape or incest: “I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months when they are most concerned about it.” “‘I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months when they are most concerned about it,’ Walker said when asked about the exemption. ‘In this case, it’s an unborn life, it’s an unborn child, that’s why we feel strongly about it. I’m prepared to sign it either way they send it to us.’” [Chicago Tribune,6/1/15]