From the campaign to reelect Rep. Joe Walsh (R, Illinois 8th District)…
Congressman Joe Walsh made the following statement earlier regarding his Pro-Life position. Medical opinions supporting Congressman Walsh’s position can be found here. Statements made my Tammy Duckworth regarding sexual assault victims can be viewed here.
I want to clarify the comments that I made last night regarding my position on life. I want to make it very clear that I am in fact pro-life without exception. I believe there is nothing more sacred than human life, and it is our responsibility to do everything to protect it. Let me very clear that when I say I am pro-life, I mean that I am pro-life for the mother and I am pro-life for the unborn child. For me, there is no distinction between the two.
When it comes to having an abortion to save the life of a mother, I will say again that, outside of the very rare circumstances such as ectopic pregnancies, during which both the mother and baby will die if the baby is not aborted, and other rare health issues, the research is pretty clear that with the advances in modern medicine, an invasive and traumatic procedure like an abortion is not necessary to save the life of a mother. In those very rare cases where a mother’s life may be in danger past the point of viability for the baby, today’s doctors work to induce labor or perform a caesarean section in an attempt to save BOTH lives. These cases are extremely rare, and they unfortunately are used by the militant pro-choice movement to justify every single abortion.
This is an issue that I take very seriously. I have a wife and two young adult daughters, so this is not a political issue for me, it is a personal issue. While, I do not support abortion, I do of course support medical procedures for women during their pregnancies that might result in the loss of the unborn child. When such an occurrence takes place, that decision on whether to perform that procedure is a very difficult one and one that should be left up to the mother and her family.
Once again I am strongly pro-life for both the mother and the unborn child. That is a position I am proud to have, and I will not back off it. I also think that is a position that most women also share. And for Ms. Duckworth to say that I support letting a mother die is the most disgusting form of politics. That is a desperate quote from a desperate candidate. On abortion I am happy to contrast my position with hers. Ms. Duckworth has an extreme pro-abortion with no restrictions stance. She is not just pro-abortion; she is a pro-abortion zealot who actually believes that tax payers regardless of their position on abortion should fund all abortions. To go further she even supports late term, 9 month abortions under any circumstance. Her exact quote from last night was that she is “pro-choice without any restriction”. Her position that there should be abortions on demand, no matter when, no matter why, and they be paid for by tax payers is a position that makes most American wince.
Let’s also not forget my opponent’s comments on sexual abuse. When asked earlier this summer about sexual abuse in the military and her personal experience with it, My opponents response was, and I quote, that I was never sexually assaulted because I was a pretty tough chick, and not some weak 18 year old who couldn’t push back. As a father of two daughters, I found those comments every bit as offensive as Congressman Akin’s offensive comments on rape. Ms Duckworth’s comments could not be more offensive and yet they were not covered. How dare Ms. Duckworth imply that women are only raped because they are too weak to fight back, and if only they were just a little tougher rape would not occur? How dare she say that?
Not only is her position out of the mainstream, what is more troubling is how she is using this issue to try to save a desperate campaign. In the last 2 weeks, Ms. Duckworth and her liberal SuperPAC’s have spent over $2 million dollars attacking me on abortion, yet according to the recent polls she is down in this race.
The voters of the 8th district, men AND women, care about finding a job, keeping their house, trying to pay their day to day bills, and fixing this unconscionable debt our country finds itself in, and yet Ms Duckworth can only talk about abortion. Why is that? Why does she want to make this campaign about abortion and not about the economic tough times all of us are going through? Because she’s trying to scare women. Women should find this offensive. Every poll shows that men and women care most deeply this year about jobs, the economy, and our debt and yet Ms Duckworth thinks so poorly of women that if she can simply utter the word abortion women – and only women – will forget all about the fact that they are unemployed, paying almost $4 for a gallon of gas, and struggling to stay above water on their mortgage. Shame on Ms Duckworth but I think more highly of women and I think they’ll see through this campaign of Ms Duckworth’s to scare and distract them.
Ms Duckworth will likely spend the next 19 days talking about abortion. I will spend the next 19 days talking about jobs, the economy, and our debt and what I intend to do to help get this country working again. I am going to talk about the empty warehouses, and storefronts littered across the 8th district that we are standing in today. I am going to talk about the massive unemployment and foreclosures in this district that somehow my opponent does not seem to be aware of. Let us remember that just a few weeks ago my opponent said that the voters of the 8th district are better off today than they were 4 years so. I don’t think we are, but I do think we should be and can be.
Finally, I find it amazing that both the local media and the national media are so fascinated that I and most Americans actually feel passionately about protecting the sanctity of life. For some reason this is breaking news that all of you feel must be covered.
Yet, this very same media has absolutely no interest at all in covering issues regarding my opponent that voters in the 8th district actually care about. There are major issues regarding my opponent that put into question if she has the ethics and standards to even run for Congress. In the last 3 months we have learned that my opponent
1. Is a tax cheat who claimed multiple homestead exemptions for a number of years
2. Wasted $2.5 million of taxpayer dollars on a Hawaii Boondoggle government trip
3. That while heading up the IL VA she was Cited 12 times by the Illinois Auditor General for failing to comply with state law.
4. That she is currently being sued by two ILVA employees, two whistleblowers who had the courage to report campaign activity being done at the VA, a clear violation of state law. Ms Duckworth fired, humiliated, and threatened these employees and tried to cover up her actions.
5. And, as I said earlier Ms Duckworth thinks women are only raped because they are too weak to push back against their attacker.
Why won’t the media concern itself with these questions, yet they are obsessed with a candidate being pro-life? This election and the times we live in right now are too important for the media to gloss over the issues that voters truly care about. As I said earlier I am going to spend the next 19 days the exact same way I have spent my entire campaign; I am going to tour this district and speak with as many families and small businesses about the issues that matter to them, jobs, the economy, and getting government out of the way so we can get out of the mess that Ms. Duckworth and her friends got us into.