MADISON (WKOW) — Gov. Tony Evers vetoed four anti-abortion bills Friday afternoon; the bills were sent to his desk yesterday after state Senate and Assembly Republicans held a bill signing ceremony in the Capitol rotunda to urge the governor to sign the legislation.
“Everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, and that includes reproductive healthcare,” Gov. Evers said. “Politicians shouldn’t be in the business of interfering with decisions made between patients and their healthcare providers.”
In veto messages for three of the four bills and in a tweet issued shortly after the vetoes, the governor said politics should not come between patients and healthcare providers.
I just vetoed AB 179, AB 180, AB 182, and AB 183. 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. pic.twitter.com/sj9hNJ3WDC
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) June 21, 2019
“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,” State Senate President Roger Roth (R-Appleton) said in a statement.
The vetoes come a day after Assembly and Senate Republicans held a bill signing ceremony for the four pieces of legislation in the Capitol rotunda.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said the ceremony, held a few feet from the governor’s office, was needed to deliver their message to have Evers sign the bills.
“Nothing will stand in our way of fighting for the unborn here in this capitol,” said Vos.
Among the four bills is the so-called “born-alive” bill which creates criminal penalties for doctors who fail to give medical care to babies born during an abortion attempt.
The governor argues there are already protections in place for these circumstances.
It’s unlikely any of these proposals will become law as Republicans don’t have enough votes to override the governor’s veto.