Pro-life lawmakers hold rally urging Gov. to sign anti-abortion bills

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MADISON (WKOW) — In a rare occasion, pro-life Republicans signed the bill covers of four anti-abortion proposals, which are now on Governor Evers’ desk.

Typically these events are done in private, but Republicans held a public rally despite Evers’ pledge to veto them.

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 these bills.

“Nothing will stand in our way of fighting for the unborn here in this capitol,” said Vos.

Among these 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.

“These babies lives now rest in your hands, we call on you in the goodness of your nature to stand with the lives of babies not yet born and sign these bills,” said Senate President Roger Roth (R-Appleton).

Democrats said these anti-abortion bills are tools Republicans are using to rally their base going into a presidential election year.

“I think for them, abortion is a convenient distraction to rally their troops and this action today is truly unprecedented,” said Rep. Lisa Subeck (D-Madison). “I’ve never seen the Speaker and Senate President sit out in the middle of the rotunda for a bill cover signing.”

It’s unlikely any of these proposals will become law as Republicans don’t have enough votes to override the governor’s veto.

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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