The abortion conversation came up during the final match-up in the 8th congressional debate Thursday night, with Tammy Duckworth accusing Joe Walsh of preferring to let a woman die rather than allow abortions in some instances.
Walsh charged that wasn't fair.
In a news availability afterward, Walsh said that these days, abortion was never necessary to save the life of a woman.
"With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance," where a woman's life was in danger because of an unborn child, Walsh said. "There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing."
Duckworth responded to Walsh's claims in a statement:
I am saddened by my opponents remarks. Not only do they show how uninformed he is, but his views put women's lives in real danger. 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. It is essential that we condemn Congressman Walsh's remarks and continue to work towards empowering women to be able to make their own choices about their bodies.
The abortion exchange was sparked by a question about an ad hitting the incumbent congressman hard on the issue.
Walsh described himself as 'Pro-life without exception."
He said he did not believe in an exception for rape and incest because -- "there's still a life there." He then added: "the life of the woman is not an exception." Walsh nicked Duckworth for having the complete opposite view.
"[Duckworth] actually supports tax-payer funding of abortions," Walsh said.
Duckworth went full steam ahead at her response.
"I'm pro-choice without restriction, and here though, Mr. Walsh ... what he said -- not for rape, incest or life of the mother -- he would let a woman die rather than give her, than to give the doctor the option to save her life."
Walsh interrupted her, all the while saying: "That's not fair."
After the debate, Walsh later explained his remark that the life of the woman is not an exception, saying that medically today, the health of the mother is not a reason for an abortion.