Madison, Wisconsin (AP) – On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Republican Assembly finally approved a package of bills banning abortion, many of which were vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers two years ago and will almost certainly reject again.
Republicans don’t have enough votes in the Legislature to overcome Evers’ veto. Republicans have said they are trying again because action is a priority and there is a chance Evers will change his mind. Democrats, who all voted against the bills, accused Republicans of passing bills only to energize Conservatives ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
“This is a political game that Republicans are playing to solidify their base,” Democratic Party spokeswoman Lisa Subek of Madison said ahead of the debate. “This is nothing more than a theater. They know that these bills will not become law. “
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos defended the vote, saying “Our faction is proud to stand for life. These bills must be bipartisan. “
Evers will be re-elected next year, as will all members of the Assembly and half of the State Senate. Evers did not immediately answer the question of whether he would veto the measures.
One of the bills, vetoed by Evers in 2019, criminalizes doctors who fail to provide medical care in the extremely rare circumstances where a child is born alive after an attempted abortion. Violators will be found guilty of a felony punishable by up to six years’ imprisonment.
The bill will also make the intentional death of a live child by abortion a criminal offense punishable by life in prison.
Doctors insist that counting is the solution to the problem. They and other opponents say that as a result of failed abortion attempts, children are almost never born alive, and in those rare cases when this happens, doctors are already ethically and legally obliged to try to keep them alive.
Supporters of the bill say the measure will eliminate all gray areas in the law.
“This is not an anti-abortion law,” said Bill Majority Leader Jim Steinecke, sponsor of the bill. “It’s just a bill to protect the lives of child survivors of an abortion attempt.”
This and other abortion bills show that Republicans care more about the 2022 elections than women’s health, Democratic Assembly minority leader Gordon Hinz said.
“Republicans know these extreme bills will not become law, and they know that the majority of Wisconsin residents support access to safe and legal abortion,” Hinz said.
The second law requires doctors to provide parents of fetuses and embryos with a positive birth condition test information about the condition. The third sentence prohibits abortion on the basis of sex, race or national origin of the fetus. Evers vetoed the measure in 2019.
Another measure could cut funding for abortion providers by preventing the state from certifying them as Medicaid providers. There will be exceptions in cases of sexual abuse or incest, or if a woman’s life is in danger.
The Fifth Law requires doctors to inform any woman who wishes to have an abortion with medication that she can still change her mind after taking the first dose and can still continue the pregnancy.
The claim that medical abortion can be canceled has been criticized by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association as unscientific and potentially life-threatening. Evers vetoed such a bill two years ago.
These bills are prompted by abortion rights advocates worried that the US Supreme Court could overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which essentially legalized abortion nationwide before the fetus can survive outside the womb, which is usually falls on the 24th week of pregnancy. Wisconsin law passed in 1849 made abortion illegal, but it is null and void following the Roe v. Wade decision. This ban will re-enforce if Roe v. Wade is overturned.