A group of Assembly Democrats unveil a “Reproductive Rights Resolution” — in the face of a Republican agenda that they say will chip away at those rights. “We hear again that they’re finally going to focus on jobs, and I think we all welcome that focus,” says Representative Kelda Roys of Madison. “But let’t not be fooled. We have over a half a dozen anti-choice measures pending, in addition to the devastating cuts that we’ve already seen.”
The resolution, designating this as “reproductive rights awareness week” is being introduced in fifteen state legislatures, although Representative Terese Berceau doubts GOP leadership in Madison will place it on the agenda when the Assembly takes the floor on Thursday. “The resolution will be submitted,” she says. “As to whether or not it will be allowed to brought up on the floor is doubtful.”
Berceau says Green Bay Republican Representative Chad Weininger signed on as a cosponsor – his office says that was a mistake.
UPDATE 1/25: Rep. Weininger’s staff says there was miscommunication between his office and Berceau’s and that he never signed on in support of the reproductive rights resolution – although he is co-sponsoring a bill from Berceau which targets human trafficking. Berceau’s office says Weininger’s name was removed as a cosponsor of the resolution prior to its introduction.