Wisconsin fans of small government go big when it comes to the uterus

Wisconsin’s self-proclaimed fans of small government are wrapping women in red tape.

A bill that puts more bureaucratic hoops in front of a legal abortion in Wisconsin passed in the state senate this morning – after Senator Vinehout read letters from constituents including an emotional letter from a rape survivor who said that if society made an effort to stop rape, a lot of abortions would not be necessary.

Senator Vinehout added that the letter resonated with her especially since she was sexually assaulted when she was 15 years old.

Senator Vuckmir called Senator Vinehout’s statement ‘theatrics’.

This is a comment that Senator Chris Larson left on his facebook page:
“Senate Republicans should be ashamed of themselves today. Senate Republicans stooped to personal attacks over a divisive, anti-women bill even calling a fellow senator’s personal story of sexual assault ‘theatrics.’

Not only did Republicans make this debate personal, they abused their majority power to end debate, barring Wisconsin Senators from arguing against mandating this invasive procedure. Senate Republicans may have callously silenced the voices of women today, but the voices of women in Wisconsin will not and cannot be silenced forever.

This debate is not over.”

(I looked for a formal statement from Senator Vinehout but could not find one – -stay tuned.)

You can watch all 39 minutes of today’s vote on this HERE.

Here’s a video of just the tail end of it when Senator Ellis goes ballistic.

The bill’s details:

There’s a bomb in the new anti-woman bill in Wisconsin that is expected to shut down an abortion clinic in Appleton [there are 3 other clinics in the state]. From the L.R.B. summary of the bill:
“The bill prohibits a physician from performing an abortion unless he or she has admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is to be performed (admitting privilege requirement).”

Also, as a result of the anti-woman Senate Bill 206
-a woman who wants to receive an abortion in Wisconsin must first get information from a doctor 24 hours before that abortion.

-she must receive an ultrasound. Earlier the requirement was for a transvaginal ultrasound, but an amendment was adopted by voice vote June 11th to allow the ulstrasound of the the woman’s choosing. Link to amendment.

-if the ultrasound occurs at a location other than the abortion clinic then the doctor performing it must fill out a form which must be presented to the physician at the abortion clinic.

-if the professionals aiding the woman do not properly give information and implement this informed consent procedure they risk a fine of $1,000 to $10,000

-the bill adds new punitive fines if a person successfully sues for liability against the clinic professionals for not exercising the informed consent process properly.

These legislators introduced the bill:
Lazich, Vukmir, Grothman, Leibham and
cosponsored by Representatives Strachota, Jacque, Bernier,
Spiros, Craig, Nass, Tittl, Kleefisch, A. Ott, T. Larson, Thiesfeldt, Born, Schraa, Ripp, Hutton, LeMahieu, Endsley, Bies and Jagler.

According to Channel3000, the Assembly is also taking up a bill today (Wed. June 12) which would not allow abortions to be covered by public-employee insurance.

More reading:
Appleton abortion clinic could close under bill headed to Senate – M.J.Sentinel

Senate Bill 206 summary and full text

Wisconsin State Senate Approves Sonya’s Law – Wisconsin Right to Life

I happened upon this chart.
abortion restrictions by year

Source: Guttmacher Institute


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