Every move Scott Walker makes now is seen through the prism of the 2016 presidential election.
So be it.
Yesterday, Governor Walker wrote an "Open Letter on Life."
March 3, 2015Because of Walker's presidential aspirations, this is an issue for the country rather than just Wisconsin. The national media are all over this.
Open Letter on Life
Life is a value I learned from my parents, and it’s a value I have cherished every day, predating my time in politics. My policies throughout my career have earned a 100% rating with pro-life groups in Wisconsin. Just in my first term I signed numerous pieces of pro-life legislation and I will continue working for every life.
In my past four years as governor, we have made substantial progress in the fight for our pro-life values in Wisconsin. We defunded Planned Parenthood. We prohibited abortion from being covered by health plans in a health exchange. We passed legislation assuring the women and their unborn child are better protected under law – through placing stringent requirements on medical professionals and requiring the provision of thorough and vital information to the mother.
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. I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level.
I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it.
Governor Scott Walker
New York Daily News: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker writes in campaign letter that he supports anti-abortion laws on federal levelWas Walker's "open letter" prompted by the pro-life weakness he allegedly displayed on Sunday during his interview with Chris Wallace?
Politico: Gov. Scott Walker would sign 20-week abortion ban
The Daily Caller: Walker Fends Off Criticism He's Not Pro-Life
National Review: Walker: I Will Sign a Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks
New York Times: Scott Walker Says He Would Sign Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks
I do not care why Walker's doing what he's doing.
His motivation is irrelevant to me.
If this is all posturing for a presidential run, then it is.
I don't care.
What matters is that he will sign a bill prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks in Wisconsin.
That's a victory.