Wisconsin governor threatens to veto several pro-life bills, including born-alive protections
MADISON, May 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Multiple pro-life measures have recently made their way through Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled state Assembly, but Democrat Gov. Tony Evers is threatening to veto all of them.
Like several states, Wisconsin is currently considering a range of pro-life legislation. The Assembly has passed bills to require basic medical care for infants who survive attempted abortions, a ban on aborting specifically due to a child’s race, sex, or disability, and one cutting the remainder of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding that was significantly reduced, but not eliminated completely, under Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Republicans also control the state Senate, but if the bills make it through, Evers has vowed to veto all of them, The Hill reports.
We shouldn’t be limiting the right for women to make their own healthcare decisions. That’s why I’ll veto the bills passed by the Assembly last week if they arrive on my desk. It’s time to listen to women. #StopTheBans— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) May 21, 2019
"We shouldn’t be limiting the right for women to make their own healthcare decisions," wrote Evers, who defeated Walker last November. "That’s why I’ll veto the bills passed by the Assembly last week if they arrive on my desk. It’s time to listen to women.”
The state social-conservative group Wisconsin Family Action responded to the governor by reminding him the measures were meant to protect rights currently being denied to certain female Wisconsinites:
Preborn women deserve the right to live. #StopTheBans— ✰✰WI Family Action✰✰ (@WIFamilyAction) May 22, 2019
Evers’ latest comments reflect his declaration in April that a new born-alive law would be “redundant” because “those protections already exist.” At the time, Wisconsin Right to Life’s Heather Weininger explained that the 2003 born-alive law doesn’t give abortionists the same “clear understanding of the steps that must be taken to ensure they are giving the child every opportunity at life” that currently exists for doctors who deliver premature babies or perform cesarean sections.