They don't feel great about it—but only for the first few months of the pregnancy. Then, like morning sickness, that icky feeling passes. TPM shares:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Monday that he’d be willing to sign a 20-week-abortion ban without exceptions for rape or incest, adding that women were mostly concerned about those issues "in the initial months" of pregnancy, television station WKOW reported. “I mean, I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months where they’re most concerned about it,” Walker said of pregnancies caused by rape and incest. “In this case, again, it’s an unborn life, it’s an unborn child, and that’s why we feel strongly about it."
This comes on top of Walker's comments about forcing women seeking abortions to undergo medically unnecessary ultrasounds. Invasive and cruel? Potentially traumatizing? Medically unnecessary? No way—just a cool thing! Gail Collins writes in the New York Times:
But about the ultrasound quote. Walker was complaining that, in his words, “the media is a gotcha.” He then bragged about his antiabortion agenda: “We defunded Planned Parenthood. We signed a law that requires an ultrasound, which, the thing about that, the media tried to make that sound like that was a crazy idea. Most people I talk to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time who’ll get out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkid's ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20 and we still have their first ultrasound pictures. It’s just a cool thing out there.…”
Let’s leap, temporarily, past the fact that Walker was conflating the vision of happy parents getting their first glimpse of their baby-to-be with what’s appropriate for a woman who has made the stupendously profound and private decision to terminate a pregnancy. His larger point was apparently that the sight of a fetus in an ultrasound is so moving that a woman undergoing an abortion would almost certainly change her mind. This is wrong. There’s no evidence these ultrasound laws discourage women who have already decided they want an abortion. And it’s incredibly insulting because it presumes that they’re making this choice on a kind of whim. If they’d only thought things through.
Keep talking, Scott.