MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed four abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
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
One bill Evers vetoed Friday would have imposed criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance where a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt.
Other vetoed bills would have cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood; prohibited abortions based on the fetus’ race, sex or defects; and required providers to tell women seeking abortions using the drug mifepristone that the process may be reversed after the first dose.
Republicans had called on Evers to sign the bills, even though he ran as an abortion rights advocate and had long promised to veto them.