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Would sign the abortion ban with exceptions for rape/incest


MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republican Tim Michels said Friday he would sign an abortion ban with exceptions for rape and incest if he takes office as governor, a change from his statement. precedent that Wisconsin’s 1849 ban – with only one exception for the life of the mother – was “an exact mirror” of his position.

Conservative radio host Dan O’Donnell asked Michels if he would sign a bill passed by the Legislative Assembly with exceptions for rape and incest.

“I’m pro-life, but I also understand that this is a representative democracy and if the people, in this case the Legislative Assembly, presented me with a bill, I would sign it,” replied Michaels.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, locked in a close race with Michels in the key swing state, backs abortion rights. Evers backed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, who argues that the state’s 1849 ban is superseded by another law passed in 1985 that would allow abortions before the point of viability.

For months, Michels campaigned on statements that he would not support exceptions to the state abortion ban. At a Dane County GOP event earlier this month, Michels said he would not soften his stance on abortion, despite receiving calls asking him to support exceptions to rape and sexual assault. ‘incest.

“I win because people see a strong leader, a man of conviction, a man who doesn’t waver, a man who doesn’t turn around. I will stick to what I know to be right,” he said on September 6.

Michels’ campaign disputed that he was changing his position, saying he was simply responding to a question about how he would handle a specific bill.

Polls have repeatedly shown that a majority of people in Wisconsin support abortion rights, and Wisconsin Democrats have placed their support for abortion rights at the heart of midterm campaigns.

A spokeswoman for Evers’ campaign said she doubts Michels’ views have changed.

“Tim Michels has repeatedly told us what he believes, even promising earlier this month that he would not soften his dangerous views on abortion. We know he was telling us the truth over the two decades, because he has consistently opposed these exceptions”. Evers spokeswoman Kayla Anderson said.

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