Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed five abortion-related bills passed by the Republican-controlled legislature.
The bills would have created additional requirements on what abortion providers must tell women seeking an abortion as well as details those providers must provide the Department of Health Services for its annual reports. The legislation included the following measures:
- Ban the state from providing BadgerCare money to abortion providers.
- Outlaw abortions from being sought on the basis of sex or disability.
- Mandate that abortion providers inform a woman seeking an abortion that she can possibly reverse the abortion after taking the first drug in the chemical process. Groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have warned the abortion pill reversal is not supported by science.
- Require doctors treating mothers whose fetus tests positive for a congenital condition to provide educational resources on that condition.
Evers’ veto messages repeatedly said he rejected the idea of legislation coming between patients and their health care providers. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again today: as long as I’m governor, I will veto any legislation that turns back the clock on reproductive rights in this state,” Evers said in a tweet.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again today: as long as I’m governor, I will veto any legislation that turns back the clock on reproductive rights in this state—and that’s a promise.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) December 3, 2021
Republicans slammed the vetoes Friday, setting up abortion law as another contentious issue that will likely decide next year’s governor’s election.
“[Evers’] track record makes it clear he doesn’t have a problem with discrimination against some of the most vulnerable women—the ones still in the womb,” Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) said in a tweet.
The question of abortion rights could be decided entirely at the state level should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that has prevented states from outlawing abortion in the first two trimesters of pregnancy.