Presidential Hopeful Scott Walker Signs No-Good-Very-Bad Abortion Ban
Nine months ago, Scott Walker released this ad stating that he would allow abortion to be a decision between a woman and her doctor. It was pretty rich coming from Mr. Transvaginal Probe himself, and I’m not sure anyone bought it given his terrifying history on reproductive rights, but he released it just the same.
He has since backtracked on this campaign promise and signed a law banning abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks, as opposed to the standard 24, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Walker himself has stated that he opposes safe and legal abortions entirely, including in the cases of rape and incest.
Under the ban, any doctor caught performing an abortion for “non-emergency reasons”–ie: the mother is likely to die or face severe injuries within 24 hours–could face a fine of up to $10,000 and 3 1/2 years in prison.
In regards to the ban, Walker stated “For people, regardless of where they might stand, when an unborn child can feel pain I think most people feel it’s appropriate to protect that child.”
Perhaps he should have checked with a doctor on that one–because, in reality, a fetus cannot feel anything at all until 27 weeks at the least, and cannot distinguish “pain” from any other feeling until 35-37 weeks.
It’s one thing to be opposed to abortion. It is another to make up your own facts and create laws based on them. The thing I really can’t wrap my head around though is how anyone else goes along with this. Do they not have Google? Shouldn’t a law based on something that is patently, provably false automatically be null and void? How does that even work?
Scott Walker: We must ban abortion after 20 weeks because those fetuses feel pain!
Science: That is not even sort of true. You just made that up. Fetuses don’t feel anything at all until 27 weeks.
Scott Walker: But I FEEL like it’s probably true, and that counts just as much as anything! BAN PASSED! Fuck you, science and also women!
Similar bans in other states have been overturned, and Walker is well aware of this. However, it’s quite likely that his reasoning for passing the ban at this point in time has more to do with his presidential aspirations than anything else.