Scott Walker Says He'd Sign 20-Week Abortion Bill Without Rape or Incest Exceptions

He had said as much in March, trying to calm concerns among those frustrated by what they saw as his vagueness on the issue.

Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, speaks to a reporter as he arrives for the Chad Airhart Blue Jean Bash fundraiser in West Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Walker declined to say whether he would participate in the Iowa Straw Poll in August if he does become a candidate.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential candidate, reaffirmed Monday that he'd sign a 20-week abortion ban even if it doesn't include an exemption for rape or incest.

He had said as much in March, when he sent an open letter to the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion rights group. At the time, he was trying to calm concerns among those frustrated by what they saw as Walker’s vagueness on the issue during his 2014 reelection race and in some interviews.

Walker was asked by reporters about the bill after a speech at a Boys and Girls Club event in the Wisconsin city of Delavan, according to the Associated Press. Legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday in Madison, the AP said. The bill doesn't include exemptions for rape or incest.

Walker told reporters a ban on abortions after 20 weeks is “rational and reasonable” because unborn children can feel pain after that point of a pregnancy, the AP reported.

“It's an unborn child,” he said. “That's why we feel strongly about it.”

Spokeswomen from Walker's office and his political committee, Our American Revival, didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

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