Gov. Walker backs 20-week abortion ban with or without exemption

DELAVAN — Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign a 20-week abortion ban whether or not it includes an exemption for cases of rape or incest.

Walker was asked Monday about the bill following a speech at a Boys and Girls Club event in Delavan.

Walker says a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy is "rational and reasonable" because he believes after that point the unborn child can feel pain.

A bill banning abortions after 20 weeks is slated for a joint public hearing Tuesday in the Legislature. It does not include an exemption for rape or incest.

Walker says he will sign the bill with or without an exemption, saying "it's an unborn child, that's why we feel strongly about it."