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Tim Michels, Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin, recently shifted his stance on whether he would back an abortion ban law with exceptions in cases of rape and incest. 

In a Sept. 23, 2022 interview with The Dan O’Donnell Show, Michels said as governor, he would sign a bill passed by the state legislature including such exceptions in the interest of a “representative democracy.” 

The statement contrasted with Michels’ earlier stances stretching back to 2004 when he ran for U.S. Senate. Earlier in his current campaign, Michels stated that he supported Wisconsin’s 1849 law, which has no such exceptions.

At a Sept. 6 campaign event, Michels said he was rejecting pressure to “soften” his view on abortion to include exceptions for rape and incest. “I’m going to stick with what I know is right — and that’s what I’m going to do to the bitter end.”


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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.