Last Thursday, November 7, on a bipartisan vote of 82-14, the State Assembly passed a bill, AB 304, that gives pharmacists the authority to write prescriptions for certain oral contraceptives and patches. The 14 “no” votes were all Republicans. Among other problems, the bill has no exemption for the religious beliefs or conscience of pharmacists and requires only that the woman complete a medical questionnaire and that the pharmacist administer a blood pressure screen. Three of the state’s pro-life organizations have been opposed to the bill, including Wisconsin Family Action. 
 
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “We believe this bill is not in anyone’s best interest. Currently pharmacists in Wisconsin cannot write prescriptions for anything. That’s for good reason—primarily the well-being of the patient. We are extremely proud of the Assembly Republicans who did the right thing and voted no on this bill that will bring far more harm than good. We hope the Senate will just let this bill die.”

The Senate Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on the Senate version of this bill, Senate Bill 286 (identical to AB 304), on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol. SB 286 is last on the hearing agenda. The Senate Health Committee is chaired by Sen. Pat Testin, who is a senate co-sponsor of this bill. Once this hearing is held and the committee votes on the bill, the way is cleared for the full Senate to take up the bill passed in the Assembly last week.

What you can do:
Call your senator and give them your opinion on the senate version of this bill, SB 286. Click HERE to find your senator’s contact information. (Type your address into the upper right-hand search box.) Phone calls to senators are extremely important with the public hearing coming up next Wednesday. Thank you for making a difference!

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