Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said this week that he does not believe abortion is a personal decision, once again shifting away from his previous, more nuanced stance on abortion.
Walker’s latest austerity measures came just hours before he officially became a contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
The Republican-majority Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that will ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization after a GOP lawmaker contended that the measure is not actually about abortion.
Republicans have been pushing the idea that 20 weeks is plenty of time to get an abortion if you need one—with the implication that if you can’t get it together in those first few months, then you don’t really deserve to get the procedure.
Gov. Scott Walker, a 2016 Republican presidential hopeful, said in March that he would sign such a bill if it came to his desk.
Though Walker has managed to convince voters he deserves another term, his election is a blow to reproductive rights advocates in the state and around the country.
While the current political environment in Wisconsin favors GOP lawmakers devoted to the anti-choice agenda, politicians hoping to appeal to a wider audience may need to reconsider how to gain the support of voters both inside and outside their base, while balancing the need for support from the major anti-choice action groups.
As a result of anti-choice policies and budget cuts, four clinics providing health care to low income and rural Wisconsin patients will close.
Why should birth control be impossible to access? Because God.
The Tea Party is ready to make some citizen arrests.