In a letter released by the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) promised to sign legislation prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
“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,” Walker wrote in the letter dated Tuesday. “I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level.”
It’s at least a tonal shift for Walker, a top potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, from his last gubernatorial race. During Walker’s 2014 re-election campaign, when Democrat Mary Burke appeared to pose a threat to Walker serving another term, he released an ad where he toned down his staunch anti-abortion positions. It was in response to an onslaught of attacks hitting Walker on abortion.
In response to those ads, in an ad where Walker talked directly to the camera, he said “I’m pro-life,” but added that a controversial anti-abortion bill he signed into law was about increasing safety and “leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor.”
The tone of the ad suggested Walker may have personally opposed abortion but supported giving a woman a great deal of freedom to decide if and when to have an abortion.
Read the letter below: