Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) has learned that the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly will likely be voting on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child very soon–possibly as early as this week.
This bill, Assembly Bill 237/Senate Bill 179, prohibits physicians/abortionists from aborting babies who are at or beyond 20 weeks development in utero because at this stage of development the unborn baby feels pain. The bill that the Assembly and Senate will be voting on has a “medical emergency” exception, which clearly constitutes what some call a “life-of-the-mother” exception. We believe this exception is unnecessary and could become a significant loophole for medical personnel to justify abortions at or beyond 20 weeks.
WFA has worked for several weeks with the authors and others involved with this bill in an effort to make what is essentially a good bill, better–or even best. In fact, in the Joint Public Hearing that the Senate Health Committee and the Assembly Health Committee held last Tuesday, we testified exactly that way. Click HERE to read Julaine’s testimony or click HERE to listen to Julaine’s testimony, complete with questions from the committee members (begins at 3:37:30).
The best solution is to remove the medical emergency language. One legislator, Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), was brave enough to introduce an amendment to AB 237/SB 179 that did just that. However, it has become clear that Rep. Brandtjen’s efforts, along with our efforts, were not enough to convince a majority of the legislators to agree with us. We applaud Rep. Brandtjen and thank her for her leadership.
It has long been our policy to try to do everything we can to make any bill we are working on the very best bill possible. For instance, on pro-life bills, we take the position that we will do everything we can to ensure it doesn’t have needless exceptions. However, when we have done what we could to improve such a bill and still can’t build the majority we need, we then support the bill because it will save the lives of the majority of babies that we are trying to protect. Our pledge is that we will keep coming back for the rest of those babies as soon as we can. That’s where we are on this bill. Now that it’s clear the bill is going to go to the floor of both houses with the medical emergency language, we are giving it our qualified support. We think it can and should be better; but at this point, what we have is better than getting nothing.
So, now we need you to let your legislators know how you want them to vote on this bill.
Click HERE (put your address in under “Find My Legislators”) to get contact information for both your state senator and state assembly representative. Simply call or email both your state representative and your state senator and let them know how you want them to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection bill.
Thanks for your help!