Dec 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Wisconsin governor vetos slew of anti-abortion bills

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers awaits to address the virtual Democratic National Convention, at the Wisconsin Center on August 19, 2020
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D). Photo: Melina Mara — Pool/Getty Images

Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Friday vetoed five anti-abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature.

Why it matters: The veto announcement comes at the end of a week in which the right to an abortion was front and center in America.

  • The Wisconsin bills would have added additional requirements on what medical providers must tell women who are seeking an abortion.
  • One of the measures, which Evers had previously vetoed in 2019 as well, would mandate a lifetime prison sentence for any doctor who does not attempt to offer medical care for a baby born following an attempted abortion, an extraordinarily unusual situation.

What he's saying: "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," tweeted Evers, who is up for re-election in 2022.

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