Pro-Abortion Group Backs Mary Burke for Governor in Wisconsin

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 24, 2013   |   10:11AM   |   Madison, WI

The leading pro-abortion political group in the nation is getting behind pro-abortion Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Emily’s List, which only endorses pro-abortion Democratic women who support late-term abortions and taxpayer financing of abortions,will throw its financial and political muscle behind Burke’s campaign.

Burke, if she becomes the Democratic nominee, would take on pro-life Governor Scott Walker.

From a story on the endorsement on Emily’s List endorsing former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke.

“Mary Burke is an insightful problem-solver who has worked in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors to grow Wisconsin’s economy and increase educational opportunities,” Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, said in a statement. “The EMILY’s List community — now more than two million members strong — is thrilled to support Mary Burke’s campaign to become the first woman governor in Wisconsin history.”

Burke, also a former state commerce secretary, announced she would challenge Walker earlier this month.

In an email to EMILY’s List supporters that will go out later Thursday, Schriock blasts Walker for his tenure in Wisconsin and his position on women’s issues — an argument national Democrats are eager to make against the incumbent.

Burke is one of at least five top female recruits for Democrats in gubernatorial races across the country.

The EMILY’s List nod for Burke comes on the heels of the group’s 2012 success in Wisconsin: They supported now-Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s campaign to the tune of $3.5 million, as well as raising more than $1.1 million for her. Burke has an uphill race ahead of her: Walker survived a recall attempt in 2012 and will be difficult to defeat next year. But Democrats believe she can make the race competitive.

Walker has been a pro-life champion as Wisconsin’s governor.

In July, Walker signed Senate Bill 206 (Sonya’s Law) into law.  This important new law requires that women seeking abortions in Wisconsin be given the opportunity to see their unborn children through ultrasound.

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 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.

Walker’s pro-life achievements have earned him the praise of Wisconsin’s top pro-life groups and, contrary to the claims from abortion advocates, the support of many women. Just one example comes in the form of a letter to the editor in the Stevens Point Journal, entitled “Kudos to Governor Walker for pro-life record.” The author, Kathleen Sommers of Custer, Wisconsin, thanks Walker for standing up for women by signing the bill banning coerced abortions.