UPDATE: Congressman Joe Walsh Addresses Abortion Comments

Republican 8th District Congressman Joe Walsh held a press conference to clarify comments he made regarding abortion Thursday.

Republican 8th District Congressman Joe Walsh held a press conference to clarify comments he made regarding abortion Thursday (SEE VIDEO).

Walsh made some absolute statements Thursday on whether abortions are necessary, even in the instance of saving the life of pregnant women. 

The comments came during a WTTW debate with his Democratic challenger, Tammy Duckworth.

Walsh stated "With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance [where abortions are necessary to save a woman's life]," The Hill reported.

According to the Chicago Tribune, when reporters asked for clarification to confirm Walsh meant even when it was medically necessary to save a woman's life, his stance remained; he was quoted as saying, "Absolutely." 

Duckworth's campaign pounced Friday on Walsh's statements, and said through a press release, "Prohibiting a woman to have an abortion, when her life is at risk, shows a blatant disregard for the facts and a carelessness that is not acceptable from an elected official." 

On the Walsh for Congress campaign website regarding family issues, Walsh states: "I am strongly Pro-Life and believe in the sanctity of all human life.

Congressman Walsh held a press conference at 2:30 p.m. today at 123 King St., Elk Grove Village to "discuss his comments about his pro-life stance during and after last night's [Thursday's] WTTW debate and to discuss the state of the race," according to a media advisory released by Walsh for Congress Friday.

Janet Sirabian October 21, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Ellen, no I am not "devoted" to a domineering Republican man. I am simply someone who believes in personal responsibility, and I believe that voting for the leader of the most powerful nation in the world based on abortion views is ludicrous. However, I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to their opinion, just as you are to yours and I am to mine.
J R October 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Men have their say on the issue of whether a child should be born at the time they have sex with the woman. It is the woman's life and health (emotional and physical) that is affected by a pregnancy and she therefore MUST have the final say as to what is best for her. So all you men who want to have a say in the abortion issue, you need to re-direct your efforts to make sure that you don't conceive a child you don't want to be aborted.
Ken October 21, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Well said J R, many people don't want to talk about ultimate resonsibility and accountability. Its much easier to blame others. I also notice that for most people to think a candidate "CARES" about something, means that the candidate must be a fan of subsidizing it or giving it to you free. It is very unfortunate that these two have become synonomous, because if you look to the root of an issue, it gets down to individuals wanting to avoid personal responsibility, and others to pay for the consequences and ramifications of their decisions. Bottom line......government is not here to protect you from yourself, they are her to protect you from others.
Ellen October 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Janet, if you believe in personal responsibility, can I assume that you personally built all the roads you drive on???
Janet Sirabian October 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Ellen, I am not sure what the roads have to do with abortion. No I did not personally build the roads that I drive on, however, I am happy to pay the taxes that built the roads on which I drive.


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