by Kelvey Vander Hart
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers vetoed a bill on Friday that would have mandated proper medical care for infants who are born alive after an abortion attempt.
Everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care, and that includes reproductive health care…Politicians shouldn’t be in the business of interfering with decisions made between patients and their healthcare providers.
The anti-infanticide bill was not Evers only veto on Friday. Three other bills that would impact abortion in Wisconsin also did not make it past his desk.
Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) stated his disappointment in Friday’s veto:
I’m incredibly saddened, though not surprised, that Gov. Evers has chosen to ignore the voices of Wisconsinites from all over the state who support these pieces of legislation…As a father, conservative, and legislator, I will continue fighting for those who don’t have a voice and ensuring our unborn receive the protections they deserve.
If the bill had been signed into law, health care providers would be legally responsible for providing proper care to children born alive on their watch after an abortion attempt. This would mean exercising the same level of skill and treatment along with transporting the baby to a hospital from the abortion clinic. Criminal penalties would apply to the care providers but not to the mother in instances where such care was not provided.
Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life, commented on her organization’s disappointment in Gov. Evers’ veto:
Governor Evers wants to connect the dots on many issues in Wisconsin, but it remains clear that he doesn’t understand that to have healthy women and healthy babies we must stop discrimination in the womb; we must provide truthful information to women who are making life-and-death decisions; we must provide care to babies born alive after failed abortion attempts.
State legislators have the capability to override vetoes. However, Wisconsin Republicans lack the votes to successfully override a veto at this time.