During last night's GOP presidential debate, Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was asked by Fox News host Megyn Kelly about abortion when the mother's life is in danger (video below).
Kelly asked Walker:
Would you really let a mother die rather than have an abortion? And with 83 percent of the American public in favor of a life exception, are you too out of the mainstream on this issue to win the general election?
Well, I’m pro-life. I’ve always been pro-life. And I’ve got a position I think that’s consistent with many Americans out there in that, in that I believe that that is an unborn child that’s in need of protection out there.
And I’ve said many a time that that unborn child can be protected and there are many other alternatives that will also protect the life of the mother. That's been consistently proven.
Walker to did not say what those proven alternatives are, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said in a 2012 statement:
[A]bortions are necessary in a number of circumstances to save the life of a woman or to preserve her health. Unfortunately, pregnancy is not a risk-free life event, particularly for many women with chronic medical conditions.
Despite all of our medical advances, more than 600 women die each year from pregnancy and childbirth-related reasons right here in the US. In fact, many more women would die each year if they did not have access to abortion to protect their health or to save their lives.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website states: "Sadly, about 650 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications. "
Walker did sign a bill last month banning abortions at 20 weeks, except in cases where the mother's life is in danger or when she could be seriously hurt, reported Politico, but Kelly said that Walker was on record opposing that kind of exception.
Sources: Politico, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fox News / Photo Credit: Fox News Screenshot