Republicans in the State Senate have passed a package of abortion restrictions on party-line votes.
Among those bills are requirements for doctors to offer so-called abortion reversal treatments, a measure to prevent abortion based on a fetus’s race, gender or genetic abnormality, and a bill that would cut off clinics that provide abortions from the Medical Assistance program.
Democrat Kelda Roys says it’s a cynical ploy to rile up the Republican base.
“This bill and a few others on the calendar, Mr. President, insert political judgment for the most personal intimate choices in people’s lives.”
Democrat Senator Chris Larson called the bills just another method of removing healthcare from women and said you don’t get these sorts of measures when it comes to male vasectomies.
“The state does not require that that man to be patted on the head and say, ‘you go home and you think about this for 24 hours. This is a really big decision fella.'”
The only Republican to comment on the bills was Senator Chris Kapenga, who defended the bill on abortion reversal, saying it was there to provide choices for women.
“It’s more information so that she can make a better-informed decision and she knows that she can continue the pregnancy she may continue the pregnancy if she chooses.”
All four bills will likely be vetoed by Governor Evers.