Evers Will Veto Bill Requiring Doctors to Provide Medical Care for Babies Who Survive Abortion
April 23, 2019
[Madison, WI] – Governor Evers is promising to veto a bill that would punish doctors who fail to provide medical care to newborn babies after a botched abortion attempt. The bill requires health care providers “to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child [born during a failed abortion attempt] as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care provider would render to any other child born alive.”
It’s not a surprise that Governor Evers is uninterested in preventing the deaths of newborn infants. On the campaign trail, Evers compared the killing of unborn babies through abortions to tonsillectomies and advocated for unlimited taxpayer funding of abortions. Evers has also pledged to give $28 million in taxpayer funding to groups like abortion giant Planned Parenthood, and even picked a former Planned Parenthood vice president to lead the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
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Tony Evers will veto ‘born alive’ abortion bill advanced by GOP lawmakers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 23, 2019
Doctors who do not provide medical care to babies who are born alive after a failed abortion attempt could face life in prison under a Republican bill headed straight toward Gov. Tony Evers’ veto pen.
“We wanted to reaffirm the fact that babies that survive abortions have the right to anything any other living, breathing individual in the state does,” Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, said. “And doctors have the responsibility to care for that child as they would for any other person who was living and breathing.”
The bill, co-authored and sponsored by Republican leaders of both houses, requires health care providers present during a failed abortion attempt “to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care provider would render to any other child born alive.”
Evers said he will not sign the bill because of existing protections and criminal penalties in state law.
“I think those protections already exist,” Evers said in an interview Monday. “We have all sorts of issues to deal with in the state of Wisconsin and to pass a bill that is redundant seems to be not a productive use of time. And clearly I ran on the belief — and I still believe — that women should be able to make choices about their health care. But this deals with a specific issue that’s already been resolved.”
Senate President Roger Roth, the bill’s co-author, said Evers’ decision not to sign the bill before a public hearing shows “he has gone farther to the extreme than I imagined.”
“My bill simply removes any ambiguity that a health care provider must care for the life and health of a baby. How could anyone be against that?” he said.
Retired UW-Madison political science professor Donald Downs, who specializes in constitutional issues, said he didn’t know whether the proposal includes protections already in state law but said once a baby is born, the state has an interest in providing them.
“Clearly, if you have a baby outside of the womb, that would seem to be a clear case the state has an interest in protecting the rights of the baby,” Downs said. “If indeed this is redundant, then there’s no need for it, but I don’t know what the previous protection is.
Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life, said anti-abortion advocates want to see language in state law that specifically outlines criminal penalties for failing to transport a baby to a hospital after a failed abortion attempt — making requirements clear to abortion providers.
“This bill just really clarifies that (the) child would need to be transported to a hospital if they are in an abortion facility,” Weininger said.
Roth, who co-authored the bill, said the proposal sends a message.
“I am introducing the Born-Alive Protection Act because, unfortunately, some people including the Governor of Virginia, are unclear on this, so we need to reaffirm these protections,” he said in a statement. “We are providing explicit outlines to health care practitioners that babies who survive an abortion need to be given the same, equal rights as any other person.”
Evers was elected governor in November after pledging to block legislation that places more restrictions on abortions in Wisconsin and puts lawmakers in control of women’s medical decisions.
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