Scott Walker: ‘I Defunded Planned Parenthood’

By Melanie Arter | August 7, 2015 | 4:00pm EDT
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (AP Photo)

( – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in Thursday’s first GOP presidential primary debate that he defunded Planned Parenthood in his state over four years ago and explained why he supports a total ban on abortion without exceptions.

“Unlike Hillary Clinton, who has a radical position in terms of support for Planned Parenthood, I defunded Planned Parenthood more than four years ago – long before any of these videos came out. I’ve got a position that’s in line with everyday America,” Walker said, referring to the recent undercover videos showing officials with the nation’s largest abortion provider discussing the sale of baby body parts.


“You’ve consistently said that you want to make abortion illegal even in cases of rape, incest and or to save the life of the mother. You recently signed an abortion law in Wisconsin that does have an exception for the mother’s life, but you are on record as having objected to it,” Fox News host Megyn Kelly said.

“Would you really let a mother die rather than have an abortion, and with 83 percent of the American public in favor of a life exception, are you too out of the mainstream on this issue to win the general election?” Kelly asked.

“I’m pro-life. I’ve always been pro-life, and I’ve got a position I think is consistent with many Americans out there in that I believe that that is an unborn child that’s in need of protection out there, and I’ve said many a time that that unborn child can be protected and there are many other alternatives that will also protect the life of that mother. That’s been consistently proven,” Walker said.

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