Making Wisconsin the “North Texas” on abortion
On Wednesday, after the State Senate passed several bills to make abortion more difficult in Wisconsin, Senator Kelda Roys released a statement entitled, “GOP Pushes Wisconsin to Become North Texas.”
During the session, the following bills were passed along partisan lines, although versions of these bills were vetoed in the last session by Governor Tony Evers, who is expected to again veto it.
SB 503: Ban the state from certifying a clinic that provides abortion services under the Medicaid assistance program, cut funding for abortion providers.
SB 592: Require physicians to provide legislatively mandated information to patients who receive results of fetal abnormalities.
SB 593: Prohibit and punish abortions chosen on the basis of sex, race or fetal disability.
SB 591: Require a physician to tell a woman considering a medical abortion that “ingestion of the first drug in the abortion-inducing drug regimen may not result in an immediate abortion and that, if the woman changes her condition. ‘notice after ingesting the first drug, the woman may be able to continue the pregnancy … “
Some Democrats have called SB 591 potentially the worst abortion bill currently being proposed because it requires doctors to give patients what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) called in a written testimony of “flagrant interference in the doctor-patient relationship”. on disinformation.
In testimony against the bill, the Wisconsin chapter of ACOG said that “if this bill becomes law, doctors would be required to deceive patients into believing that evidence-based treatment is available to “reverse” the effects of mifepristone [the first of the two medications used]. … Legislative mandates based on unproven and unethical research are dangerous to women’s health. Politicians should never impose treatments or demand that doctors give patients inaccurate information. To require physicians to provide medical therapy that lacks the requisite evidence base is unethical at best and harmful at worst. We cannot allow political interference to compromise the care and safety of our patients. “
In her speech, Roys highlighted bills she wanted the Senate to vote on instead, including the RESPECT law introduced on Tuesday that protects abortion care in the event of Roe v. Wade. She also mentioned a bill recently introduced by Democrats, the Birth Equity Act, which is designed to reduce Wisconsin’s worst disparities across the nation on black infant and maternal mortality rates. “Republicans rejected them all,” she noted.
“There are so many bills that could actually improve the health and lives of women and babies in our state, and it would reduce the need for abortion – but the GOP is blocking them,” Roys said. “People don’t need bills that force doctors to lie to patients, what they need is paid family time off, Medicaid expansion, affordable child care, and more. care options for childbirth and postpartum, good transportation, decent wages, clean air and water, and autonomy over their bodies. “
Senator Melissa Agard (D-Madison) also responded to the Senate’s passage of abortion bills by sounding a common refrain that Democrats repeated: “Abortion is health care “.
She said the reason these bills are moving forward, rather than the healthcare measures that polls show more popular with Wisconsinites, like the BadgerCare expansion, is due to gerrymandering. Safe districts have given the GOP more power than the people they represent, which has led to far-right bills, she said.
“Everyone in our state needs to understand why these bills are being introduced,” Agard said in a statement. “Partisan gerrymandering has led to extreme districts electing extreme politicians who support extreme policies. The gerrymandered majority in Wisconsin does not reflect the will of the people who overwhelmingly believe that legal abortion should be available in Wisconsin. Until the legislative constituencies are not rigged, we will continue to see an agenda that is not what ordinary Wisconsinians are asking for. “
The Assembly will consider a number of abortion-related bills when it meets next week.