When it comes to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, I just don’t get it. I don’t follow Wisconsin politics extremely closely, but nothing I’ve heard about what’s going on there has really been positive. Even Walker’s job approval numbers are fairly low for someone who just won re-election this past November.
Yet, for some reason, as a potential presidential candidate on many polls I’ve come across he’s been right up there with Jeb Bush as the overwhelming favorites to win the nomination.
Well, Walker’s recent comments on abortion rights could have just cost himself any shot he might have had at the presidency. While discussing his party’s ongoing efforts to restrict the control women have over their own body, he asserted that forcing women to have an ultrasound prior to having an abortion is “cool” because people who want the baby are always proud to show off their ultrasound pictures.
“Most people I talk to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time who’ll get out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20, you know we still have their first ultrasound picture. It’s just a cool thing out there.”
Let me go ahead and point out the obvious. There’s a huge difference between someone who wants to have a baby and someone who doesn’t. I doubt that many women in the middle of an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy are going around proudly showing off the ultrasound of a fetus they don’t want. Not only that, but this isn’t about what an ultrasound is – it’s about forcing women to have a procedure done to their bodies that they don’t want done.
He also went on to admit that the reason why Republicans push for these laws is to try to guilt women into carrying the fetus to term.
I’m sure women who are anti-choice won’t really care too much about his comments, but I really think most women who come across his remarks will be completely disgusted by them. It’s not just that he came off looking like a total jackass comparing two completely different situations, but he also doesn’t seem to grasp the fact that this isn’t about the abortion itself, it’s about the government forcing women to have something done to their bodies that they don’t want done.
Hell, Republicans are throwing a fit over bakeries being forced to make gay wedding cakes, calling that “an attack on freedom,” yet these hypocrites have no problem telling women what they are required to have a doctor do to them before exercising their constitutionally protected rights.
It’s just ludicrous that these individuals feel that they have the right to tell women what they can or cannot do with their own bodies over four decades after the Supreme Court ruled that they have a right to decide for themselves – a right that’s protected by the Constitution. These sort of laws equate to nothing more than trying to shame a woman into keeping a fetus or bullying them into bending to the will of these big government Republicans.