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Press Release
July 20, 2015

Walker Signs Dangerous Abortion Ban That Could Prevent Doctors From Saving Lives of Mothers When a Pregnancy Goes Tragically Wrong

Presidential Politics Trump Medicine When It Comes to Women’s Health

MADISON, Wis. — After being criticized by right-wing power brokers for a 2014 ad in which he moderated his stance on abortion, Gov. Scott Walker has quickly moved to sign the dangerous abortion ban he asked lawmakers to pass without exceptions for rape or incest.

The ban is strongly opposed by medical professionals and major associations representing medical professionals providing women’s health care, who cite concerns the ban would endanger women’s health by mandating medical procedures and taking medical decisions out of doctors’ hands.

One Wisconsin Now Research Director Jenni Dye offered the following statements on Walker’s signing of this heartless abortion restriction:

“It is sickening but not surprising that Gov. Walker has put his own political ambitions above the health and lives of Wisconsinites. By signing this bill, Walker has forced pure political calculation to take the place of medicine when it comes to personal decisions about a woman’s pregnancy.

“That even one woman’s life or health may be put at risk so Walker can increase his credibility with the extreme right-wing Republican presidential base is as unacceptable as it is heartbreaking. If Gov. Walker wants to make medical decisions, he should pursue a medical degree instead of continuing the relentless pursuit of his own political ambitions.”

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

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