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.
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.