Tony Evers on Abortion



I will veto any bill that takes away reproductive freedom

I want to speak directly to women in Wisconsin tonight: I will veto any bill that takes away your reproductive freedom or makes reproductive healthcare any less accessible in Wisconsin than it is today. Period. Every Wisconsinite should be able to access the healthcare they need when they need it. And, yes, that includes contraception.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Wisconsin legislature , Jan 23, 2024

Challenge 1849 law: overturn state abortion ban

Republican Tim Michels said, "I will never arrest a doctor, as they're saying. I'm a reasonable guy." Under Wisconsin's abortion ban, doctors who perform abortions can be found guilty of a class H felony, punishable by up to six years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

Tony Evers' campaign spokesman accused Michels of trying to hide his true support for "locking up doctors who provide abortions," noting his longtime support for banning abortions. The Democratic Attorney General filed a lawsuit, supported by Evers, seeking to overturn the state's ban. Evers and his allies have been spending tens of millions of dollars on television advertising to hammer Michels on his previous support for the 1849 law, which he called the "exact mirror" of his position. Evers is challenging the law in court and has twice called special sessions of the Legislature seeking to repeal the ban and create a way to put the question before voters. Republicans rejected both proposals.

Source: Associated Press on 2022 Wisconsin Governor race , Oct 17, 2022

Veto requiring false information given to abortion patients

AB180: Relating to: informed consent regarding abortion-inducing drugs.

Summary by Rewire News Group:AB 180 would require certain information regarding induced abortions, and an abortion-inducing drug regimen to be provided to a pregnant person seeking a medication abortion. The bill would require physicians to inform their patients that it might be possible to reverse the effects of a medication abortion.

Veto Message: I am vetoing this bill in its entirety because I object to the political interference between patients and their healthcare providers, especially this bill's requirement that physicians inform their patients of a medical alternative that is not evidence-based. Politicians should not require medical providers to inform patients of inaccurate and misleading information.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Assembly 62-35-2 on May/15/19; Passed Senate 19-13-1 on Jun/5/19; Vetoed by Governor Tony Evers on Jun/21/19.

Source: Rewire News: Wisconsin State Legislature voting record AB180 , Jun 21, 2019

Government out of women's personal health decisions

Q: Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Tony Evers (D): Legal. Supports lifting restrictions on abortions. "Government shouldn't be making personal health decisions for women & we shouldn't be treating physicians like criminals."

Scott Walker (R): Ban. "I've always been pro-life." Signed ban after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. Required pre-abortion ultrasound.

Q: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if disagree with it morally?

Evers: No stand found.

Walker: Yes. Stopped enforcement of state's contraceptive coverage requirement for insurance companies.

Q: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health care?

Evers: Yes. Reverse Walker's decision

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

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