Wisconsin Governor Walks Back Abortion Stance in Campaign Ad with Pro-Choice Lingo

Far left Mother Jones called out Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for “flip-flopping” on abortion in order to win an election. Did he?

From Mother Jones:

‘”Titled “Decision,” the ad attempts to depict Walker as a reasonable fellow on this issue. It’s a brazenly misleading spot—almost a flip-flop—that is designed to create the false impression that Walker respects a woman’s right to choose. The ad is camouflage for the fact that Walker has supported outlawing all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.”’

Here is the October 2014 ‘Decision’ ad, and below is a 2010 interview with candidate Walker about his 100% pro-life position:

Walker won in 2010 despite his politically incorrect stance against all abortion.

Has he now, as Mother Jones says, done an about-face for votes? Should his ad be called “Deception?” Did his newly hired pro-abortion rights, pro-Planned Parenthood press secretary Alleigh Marre have anything to do with crafting the message?

Alleigh Marre, Press Secretary for Gov. Scott Walker

Alleigh Marre, Press Secretary for Gov. Scott Walker

Maybe she did. In his recent ad, Walker does use  the standard default lingo of Republicans trying to curry favor with women who advocate for “reproductive freedom” and a woman’s right to choose. Saying abortion is “a personal decision between the woman and her doctor” is the same as being pro-choice, isn’t it?

Here’s the official Democrat Party’s language:

“Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor…”

In 2014, Walker faced fire from Wisconsin Right for hiring the 28 year-old Marre for his reelection campaign. Marre previously worked for openly pro-choice Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts. He lost the Senate campaign to leftist Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

When questioned by reporters on the obvious clash between Walker and Marre on abortion, the governor’s communication director suggested that America is all about people with different opinions working together.

The 2014 governor’s race in Wisconsin is close. So, is finding “common ground” with abortion advocates, as Hillary Clinton suggested throughout her many years fighting for abortion rights, savvy or dangerous for Republican candidates?

Is Walker facing a “what does it profit a man to lose his soul to win an election” moment? He stuck to his guns on abortion in 2010 and won. In 2014, with the addition of a pro-choice staff member, he’s suddenly  talking out of both sides of his mouth, worried he will lose pro-choice Democrat women or pro-choice Republican women.

Or is Walker’s compromise much ado about nothing? Is he just being pragmatic and if so, what is the price of pragmatism? Is it ever advisable to capitulate to the militant pro-abortion women of Emily’s List?

If Walker is pro-life, as he has stated clearly, how does that square with abortion being a “personal decision?” ‘Decide’ means to choose–how does that differ from the language used by NARAL or Planned Parenthood?

Image of Alleigh Marre from YouTube screenshot


About M. Catharine Evans

Brother and sister Hans and Sophie Schell, co-founder and member of White Rose, an underground student anti-Nazi group, printed flyers and pamphlets denouncing Hitler and his regime. They were arrested February 18, 1943. Both were beheaded February 22, 1943. In Sophie's cell, a guard recovered a little scrap of paper with the word "Freedom" written on it. Before he died, her brother Hans urged good people "to stand defiant before overwhelming power." And to his brother he wrote, "Remain strong--no compromises." As our representatives in the press and in DC on all sides--Republican, Independent, Democrat, Libertarian, right and left wing--cower and compromise before the evil Obama regime, real patriots speak out everywhere.
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