Wisconsin Republicans Passed More Anti-Abortion Bills That Will Never Become Law

Wisconsin's Democratic governor vetoed anti-abortion legislation two years ago, but that isn't stopping Republican lawmakers.

Photo of Wisconsin governor Tony Evers wearing a mask and sitting behind a desk with a microphone
Gov. Tony Evers campaigned on a promise to not interfere with reproductive rights in Wisconsin. Morry Gash/Pool/Getty Images

Wisconsin lawmakers sent a slew of anti-abortion bills last week to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ desk, despite knowing that the legislations will likely die there.

So why did Republican lawmakers go to the trouble of passing all this legislation? What’s the point? Besides attention seeking, there isn’t one. Just like there’s no reason for the legislation itself, besides fear-mongering.

Here’s a look at those bills:

  • SB 16 is a “born alive” bill, a type of anti-choice legislation that’s entirely based on propaganda. In the extremely rare case that a baby is born after an attempted abortion, the bill requires health-care providers to care for the baby—which they are required to do anyway, because it’s their job.
  • AB 595 is a “reason ban” that shames pregnant people seeking abortions and interferes in the physician-patient relationship.
  • AB 594 requires health-care providers to give patients information about any congenital condition their fetus or embryo tests positive for, which again, duh.
  • AB 593 requires health-care providers to inaccurately tell a pregnant person that a medication abortion can be reversed, which both the American Medical Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have criticized as “not based on rigorous scientific evidence.”
  • AB 493 and AB 528 would further reduce funding for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin by preventing them from participating in the state’s Medicaid program. (The state already prohibits public funding for abortion for low-income people, except in rare circumstances.)

These proposals might look familiar: Four of these bills were vetoed two years ago by Evers, who campaigned on a promise to not interfere with reproductive rights in a state where a majority of people say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Evers will probably veto them again, and Republicans in the legislature don’t have the two-thirds majority they would need to override the vetoes.

So it’s unlikely any of these will become law. But that’s not the point either.

“This is a political game being played by Republicans to gin up their base. … This is nothing but theater.” said Democratic state Rep. Lisa Subeck, according to the Associated Press. These lawmakers are playing with the rights of pregnant people for their own personal gain.

This post was adapted from a Twitter thread.