MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed four abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
One bill Evers vetoed Friday would have imposed criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance where a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt.
Other vetoed bills would have cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood; prohibited abortions based on the fetus' race, sex or defects; and required providers to tell women seeking abortions using the drug mifepristone that the process may be reversed after the first dose.
Republicans had called on Evers to sign the bills, even though he ran as an abortion rights advocate and had long promised to veto them.
In a press release, Gov. Evers said that “Everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, and that includes reproductive healthcare. Politicians shouldn’t be in the business of interfering with decisions made between patients and their healthcare providers.”
Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), said in a statement that “From introduction, to public hearings, to a rally just yesterday, people have come out in droves to support these common sense, life-saving measures. Unfortunately, Governor Evers has once again made clear that he believes protecting babies in Wisconsin simply isn’t a productive use of his time.”
Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released statement, saying that “These are bills that protect babies born alive after a failed abortion and outlaw abortions based on race, gender, or a disability. Wisconsin Republicans will continue the fight to protect the lives of the unborn, even if Governor Evers will not.”
State Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) issued a statement, saying “Governor Evers says he is a governor of the people but apparently that doesn’t apply to babies that survive abortion attempts, babies that are aborted because of their gender, race, or disability, or women who may be having second thoughts about taking the two-step abortion pill regime."