An abortion rights group is telling Iowans that Gov. Scott Walker "will never be honest with you" about his record on abortion, according to a full-page advertisement in Thursday's Des Moines Register.
In its ad, NARAL Pro-Choice America said Walker has pushed to restrict access to contraception and legal abortions -- a record he downplayed in 2014 during his re-election campaign against Madison School Board member Mary Burke.
Walker has always been against abortion, but played down his positions during his re-election against Burke.
Walker, a 2016 presidential hopeful who by many accounts won the Iowa Freedom Summit in January, will return to Iowa on Saturday to speak at the 2015 Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines.
He will be joined by other Republicans seeking the GOP presidential nomination, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
The advertisement comes days after Walker released an open letter saying he would sign a Wisconsin bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. No such bill has been introduced yet, but an Assembly Republican told the State Journal on Tuesday that one is in the works.
The ad says Walker misled voters on his record by saying in the fall that legislation he signed on abortion leaves the final decision to women and their doctors, even though he had also previously sponsoring an abortion ban bill and legislation what would allow doctors to refuse to provide contraception.