Republican legislators have released a package of bad bills aimed at chipping away at a woman’s access to abortion in Wisconsin. These bills represent a thinly veiled effort by Republican state legislators to advance their anti-abortion agenda under the guise of protecting women’s health and anti-discrimination legislation. These bills are part of a national anti-abortion push meant to fire up the conservative base as similar bills have flooded other state houses.
It’s no surprise that Wisconsin's Republican leaders chose to release these bills now in an attempt to distract from the proactive healthcare proposals in Governor Evers’ Budget gaining momentum and popularity. The latest Marquette Law School poll found that 70% of voters believe our state should accept federal funds and expand Medicaid. Support is also growing for Governor Evers’ Healthy Women Healthy Babies initiative in the budget, which invests in programs that support healthier pregnancies and births to address our state’s infant mortality and black healthcare disparities. If the goal is to shift attention away from popular policies in Governor Evers' budget, it makes perfect sense that GOP leaders introduced these bills to redirect the public’s attention.
It’s important to note that the communities these bills directly affect, have not asked for these bills to be crafted or advanced. On the contrary, these advocacy groups are actively engaged in the budget process and are focused on lifting up evidence-based proposals in Governor Evers’ budget around transportation, education, social supports and healthcare access.
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