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Wisconsin Pro-Life Group Backs Walker, Kleefisch in Recall

by Steven Ertelt and Andrew Bair | Madison, WI | LifeNews.com | 4/27/12 11:11 AM

Politics, State

The Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee has endorsed Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in the upcoming recall elections.

In announcing the endorsements, WRTL/PAC Director Susan Armacost said, “We are extremely proud to endorse these exceptional public servants.  Our organization stands proudly and firmly behind Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch during the upcoming recall elections.”

Regarding the endorsement of Governor Walker, Armacost said, “Governor Walker’s deep belief in the sanctity of all human life is evident in the courageous actions he has taken to build a culture of life in Wisconsin.”

Armacost added, “His concern for the most vulnerable members of the human family is reflected in the common sense and compassionate laws he has signed into law.  Those initiatives will greatly benefit unborn children, women who are considering abortion and the taxpayers of our state.”

Armacost also had high praise for Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch.

“Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch has consistently and courageously spoken out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves and has urged the passage of compassionate legislative initiatives that would protect the unborn, the elderly and the infirm,” she said.

“We believe that the re-election of these exceptional individuals is crucial to the right-to-life cause in Wisconsin.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to them for all they have done, and continue to do, to protect those who cannot speak for themselves,” she concluded.

With most of the country focused on primary elections, pro-life advocates in Wisconsin are gearing up for a critical June recall election of pro-life Governor Scott Walker, pro-life Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and several pro-life State Senators. While the impetus for the recall stems from left-wing opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s policies regarding collective bargaining and public employee benefits, there is much at stake for unborn children.

Since Governor Walker took office in January 2011, the pro-life movement in Wisconsin has made monumental gains. Walker signed into law a state budget that included a provision to prohibit the UW Hospital Authority from being involved in performing abortions and from using taxpayer dollars to pay medical students to learn how to perform abortions. Walker steered Wisconsin Well Woman funds to local counties instead of Planned Parenthood.

Governor Walker has also signed bills that allow Wisconsin to opt out of abortion funding under Obamacare, to protect pregnant women from coerced abortions and to prohibit RU486 chemical web cam abortions.

Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin and their allies are using the recall election as a chance to undo these advances. In response to Walker’s pro-life actions as Governor, Tanya Atkinson, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Action of Wisconsin, remarked, “Never before have we seen a governor act so quickly and against the wants and priorities of Wisconsin to restrict such a wide range of women’s health care services.”  NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Executive Director Lisa Subeck said, “Governor Walker and Republican legislators promised to focus on jobs and the economy but instead have waged an all-out war on women in our state.”

Walker’s concern for unborn children and their mothers goes back to when he served in the Wisconsin legislature. As an Assembly Representative, Walker voted for the Women’s Right to Know Act, which requires a woman be provided the full range of information prior to an abortion and establishes a 24-hour waiting period.

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He also voted for tax exemptions related to adoption expenses, to expand funding for adoption assistance for children at risk of developing disabilities and for a provision to allow a pregnant mother and her unborn child to be considered a family eligible for Badgercare. He also voted to recognize an unborn child as a separate victim in a crime committed against the pregnant mother and for a state ban on the horrific practice of partial-birth abortion.

In addition, Walker authored a bill to strengthen conscience protections for medical professionals and institutions.

Defeating Governor Walker is the top prize for abortion advocates in the recall election but they also have their sights set on Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and State Senators Van Wanggaard, Terry Moulton, Jerry Petrowski and Scott Fitzgerald, all of whom stand strong on the right to life. Each of them faces either an announced pro-abortion opponent or is expected to face a pro-abortion opponent.