Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Ban Rape And Incest Victims From Getting An Abortion

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Of all the states that have suffered under Republican rule, Wisconsin appears to have suffered the most and it’s about to get worse.

In a move that will reduce the reproductive rights of women across the state, Governor Scott Walker is poised to sign an anti-abortion bill that will ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy WITHOUT exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

The bill has only been introduced in the state legislature so far, but the conservatives in control appear hell-bent on fast-tracking the bill to Walker’s desk.

Anti-abortion fanatics are also making it difficult for exceptions to be added because they expect to get their way or Scott Walker could be seen as weaker on abortion than he would like to be.

And if they have their way, even an exception to save the life of the mother could be removed.

“'[I]t is utter hypocrisy for proponents of the bill to decry the horror of dismembering a child through a dilation and evacuation abortion and then carve out an exception for babies whose mother’s lives may be endangered, as if those babies somehow don’t feel pain,’ said Matt Sande, Pro-­Life Wisconsin’s legislative director, in the statement. ‘We urge legislators to refrain from co­sponsoring this bill until the medical emergency exception is fully removed.’”

Of course, conservatives are ignoring science when they claim that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks of development.

The Journal of the American Medical Association has found that fetal pain is unlikely to occur before the third trimester. Furthermore, the New Scientist reported on the findings of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in England and summarized their conclusion as follows:

“The report concludes that fetuses under 24 weeks must be pain-free, because at that age the wiring doesn’t exist to send pain signals from nerves around the body to the cortex, the area of the brain where pain is experienced. At which later point such connections form is unknown, so analgesia should still be considered after 24 weeks, the RCOG says.”

The bottom line is that Republicans are pushing these anti-abortion bills based on false claims and they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.

Similar legislation has already been passed by the Republican-controlled U.S. House, but unlike the Wisconsin bill, House Republicans chose not to attack rape and incest victims after female members of the GOP opposed the lack of exceptions.

So not only could the women of Wisconsin end up facing one of the most extreme anti-abortion laws in the nation, they continue to put up with Governor Walker even though he says doctors can lie to pregnant women to keep them from having an abortion and has previously signed legislation forcing women to undergo what Walker calls “cool” invasive ultrasounds, which amounts to rape by the state.

The continuing war on women is just one way in which Republicans have sought to punish Wisconsin over the last few weeks alone.

Earlier this month, Republicans passed a bill regulating what poor people can eat. And just last week, Republicans declared war on education by proposing a rule that would allow high school dropouts to acquire a teaching license.

And that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg that includes weakening labor unions and repealing equal pay for women among many other policies that have destroyed Wisconsin thanks to voters who continue to vote for Scott Walker and Republicans like they are playing a never-ending game of hitting themselves in the face.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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