Wisconsin Democratic nominee running against pro-life Governor Scott Walker, Tony Evers, just compared abortions to tonsillectomies while at the same time pushing for taxpayer-financed abortions.
Evers is running against incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker.
During an interview with the Weekly Standard, Evers said that Medicaid should pay for abortions in the same way it covers other medical procedures.
“Do you want to see Medicaid funding of abortion generally?” reporter John McCormack with the Weekly Standard asked.
“We need to have the Medicaid money be available for all people and restricting it because of a certain procedure, whether it’s a tonsillectomy or any other procedure, seems to me a foolhardy thing to do,” Evers replied.
The Medicaid program in Wisconsin is one of 32 states that prohibits tax dollars from being used to fund abortions. On the federal level, it’s called the Hyde Amendment, which has generally been supported by both Democrats and Republicans, up until the election in 2016 where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton advocated for its repeal.
According to a 2016 YouGov poll, American voters support the Hyde amendment by a 26% margin.
Evers was also asked by McCormack about the growing hostility towards pro-lifers from the Democratic party.
“One story I’m interested in is the role of pro-life Democrats: Do they have a place in the party? There’ve been fewer and fewer in Congress. What is your message to them?” McCormack asked.
“Yeah, we have a big tent here in Wisconsin. We have to in order to win elections,” Evers replied. “And yes, pro-life Democrats are welcome in the party, and I respect their decisions on this issue.”
Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee Chairman, released a statement in 2017 that said that being pro-choice was “non-negotiable” for Democrats.
“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement on April 21st, 2017. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) disagreed with Perez’s statement telling Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that there is still room for pro-life Democrats within the party.
When Todd asks Pelosi, “Can you be a Democrat and [have] the support of the Democratic Party if you’re pro-life?”
Pelosi responds, “Of course. I have served many years in Congress with members who have not shared my very positive, my family would say aggressive, position on promoting a woman’s right to choose.”
In early 2018, pro-choice advocates tried unsuccessfully to primary the pro-life Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski (III.).
According to Marquette University Law School’s latest poll, the governors race is in a dead heat with the two candidates receiving 46% support.
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