Wisconsin Senate Passes Restrictive Anti-Abortion Legislation

Last week, the Wisconsin Senate approved four anti-abortion bills that outlaw abortion in cases where the fetus has been or may be diagnosed with a congenital disorder, empower the Department of Health Services to decertify any private abortion provider under the Medical Assistance program, and require doctors to inform patients taking their first dose of Mifepristone that the abortion may still be reversed if the patient seeks advanced medical care. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has strongly pushed back against false notions that such abortion reversals are even possible, stating that they have no scientific basis. The measures also include “born alive legislation,” which requires medical providers to take care that a fetus is preserved during the extremely rare occurrence when a fetus may still be viable following an abortion procedure. Health care providers who do not comply with the bill may face felony charges and up to six years of imprisonment. This “born alive legislation” is in line with rhetoric that creates false narratives that doctors performing abortion are killing healthy babies and intimidates doctors out of offering abortions later in pregnancy. For example, Wisconsin legislator Senator Roger Roth has stated publicly that he supports the Wisconsin […]

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