On Tuesday, five pro-life bills were given public hearings in the state legislature. The Assembly Health Committee heard testimony on the “Born-Alive Protection” bill and on two bills stopping Medicaid funding for organizations that perform abortions, as well as on a bill that would prohibit abortions based on sex, race, or disability, and on a bill that would require that women seeking a chemical abortion be told about how they can reverse the effects of RU-486. Various senate committees heard the senate versions of the bills. The bills are fast-tracked in both houses.
Wisconsin Family Action **testified on a number of these pro-life bills.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, shares, “While no bill is perfect and each of these bills could be improved—and a couple really should be—the legislature is giving Governor Evers an opportunity to do the right thing regarding protecting human life and safeguarding women. We will soon find out whether the governor is beholden to Planned Parenthood, or if he is really all about children, as he says he is.”
Briefly, here is a short summary of the bills:
**SB175/AB179: Born Alive Protection Bill – Requires any health care provider present at time of abortion or attempted abortion that results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skilled care and diligence to presrve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health provider would give to any other child born alive after an abortion or an attempted abortion.
SB174/AB180: Requires certain information regarding an abortion-inducing drug regimen to be given to a woman who is planning to have an abortion induced by the same. This is about the very potent RU486. Essentially, the bill requires that the woman be told that the first drug in the RU486 regimen may not result in an immediate abortion and that if she acts quickly, the woman can reverse the effects of the first drug and perhaps save her baby. This bill also requires abortion providers to report additional information. This information would be added to the “Woman’s Right to Know” publication.
**AB181/SB199: Prohibits Medicaid funds from going into entities that perform abortions or are affiliated with organizations that perform abortions. This bill provides this prohibition but deals exclusively with Planned Parenthood. There is currently no senate version of this bill.
Read WFA testimony on AB181.
**SB187/AB183: Also deals with stopping these joint federal and state Medicaid monies from going to abortion providers but this bill has an express exemption for hospitals that perform abortions because of certain situations (rape, incest, life of the mother).
With all of these bills having had public hearings this week and the Assembly Health Committee having a vote in the committee today (Thursday, May 9) or tomorrow on these bills, it’s clear that the committee is going to move very quickly on these proposals. We suspect they will all be on the agenda next week when the Assembly convenes a floor session.
By taking action on these pro-life bills, the legislature is giving Governor Evers the opportunity to do the right thing (he has said he is “all about the kids”) and sign the bills into law. If he chooses to veto them, then the entire state of Wisconsin will clearly know where the Governor stands on life and, in some ways, on the protection of women.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call your state legislator to give your opinion on these bills. Find your state senator and state representative and his/her contact information HERE.
Please continue to pray about these bills and for our pro-life state legislators here in The Badger State.