Green's extreme abortion position
Abortion rights seems to have disappeared from the political discourse in the Wisconsin governor's race, no doubt to the relief of Extreme Mark Green. Green wants the anti-choice people to know he's one of them, but would rather not have the general public realize how extreme he is on the issue.
A Des Moines Register story offers a reminder:
Nussle asserts he'd outlaw all abortions in IowaThe Wisconsin State Journal reported in April:
'I am not for an exception for rape and incest,' he says. He would permit use for saving mothers' lives.
Boone, Ia. -- Republican Jim Nussle said Wednesday he would sign legislation as governor banning all abortions in Iowa, except those that would save the life of the mother.
Democrats had accused the Manchester congressman of trying to soften his position on the social issue.
It reassured social conservatives made nervous by reports that Nussle would consider keeping abortion legal and prompted sharp criticism from Democrat gubernatorial nominee Chet Culver, who has said he would block attempts to restrict access to abortions.
Nussle's position sets him apart from most GOP candidates in states with competitive races for governor, coming at a time when regulation of abortion could be handed back to the states if Roe vs. Wade is overturned...
Among Republicans running in competitive gubernatorial races, only U.S. Rep. Mark Green of Wisconsin shares Nussle's position.
Green wants to revive Wisconsin's criminal abortion statute, which banned all abortions except those to save the life of the mother and exposed doctors who performed abortions to prison time. The law remains on the books but hasn't been enforceable since a 1970 federal court ruling, three years before the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade.The question for Green, which no one has asked, is would he sign an abortion ban? It seems pretty clear the answer is yes, but that should be on the record before voters choose a governor on Nov. 6. It is not just a hypothetical question, as new laws in South Dakota and Louisiana have demonstrated. It's too important to let Green have a pass.
UPDATE: Brew City Brawler says the Journal Sentinel needs to ask Green a few more questions, instead of just printing the pap he provides to their "Issue of the Day."