UPDATE: Sen. Fitzgerald reaffirms commitment to pro-life movement

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UPDATE: (WKOW) — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is reaffirming his commitment to the pro-life movement after telling 27 News he’s not supportive of overturning Roe v. Wade.

“Overturning Roe would be a monumental moment for the pro-life movement that I’m proud to be a part of – I want to see that happen,” Fitzgerald said in a tweet Thursday evening.

The Senator goes on to say he said during his time is Wisconsin’s legislature he’s been a defender of the unborn.

In a taping of WKOW’s Capital City, Sunday Fitzgerald said he had concerns about some of the restrictive abortion laws being passed in other states. During the interview (watch below) he also said he does not support overturning the landmark Supreme Court case that gave women the right to have an abortion.

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MADISON (WKOW) — Although the state Assembly recently passed four bills aimed at restricting abortion, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he ultimately does not support overturning Roe v. Wade.

In a taping Thursday for this week’s Capital City Sunday, which airs at 9 a.m. Sunday on WKOW-TV, Fitzgerald says he has concerns about some of the restrictive abortion laws being passed in other states.

“I’m concerned about the Alabama initiative,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s clear what the legislators and Alabama are trying to do. They are absolutely hoping that this moves right to the US Supreme Court, and then ignites the debate over Roe vs. Wade.”

Fitzgerald said he does not support overturning the landmark Supreme Court case that gave women the right to have an abortion.

If it was overturned, Fitzgerald said the legislature would have decide how to react to that.

“If the courts actually did that, I think we’d find ourselves in a position of saying let’s weigh this and see exactly what Wisconsin’s statute is and how we would react to that,” he said.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers easier this week he vowed to veto the four Republican-authored anti-abortion bills if they reach his desk.

The bills would force doctors to care for babies that survive abortions; end Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid funding; prohibit abortions based on fetuses’ race, sex or defects; and require providers to tell women seeking abortions using the drug mifepristone that the process may be reversed.

The Senate expects to take up the proposals in June.

 

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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