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Friday, September 30, 2016

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker stealthily signed a bill into law on Friday requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals in order to perform abortions, and women to first have an ultrasound to “bond” with the fetus. The law, which brings the number of abortion clinics in the state down to two, goes into effect on Monday.

Signed in a private ceremony and announced in a press release proclaiming, “This bill improves a woman’s ability to make an informed choice that will protect her physical and mental health now and in the future,” the new law was immediately met with a lawsuit and restraining order filed in federal court by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services, which is being represented by the ACLU.

The suit asserts that the law “violates the Constitution’s due process guarantee, puts an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose abortion and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently than doctors who perform other services,” according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

There are no plans at this time to challenge the ultrasound provision — which may be performed “using whichever transducer the woman chooses” and requires that the technician must point out the fetus’ visible organs, heartbeat and external features  — in court. There are exceptions to the ultrasound requirement in cases of reported rape, incest and “imminent medical emergency.”

“I think we have extremely strong grounds on the harm to patients,” ACLU attorney Larry Dupuis said. “This clearly imposes a significant burden on women seeking abortions when abortion is perfectly legal.” Dupuis maintains that it could take a clinic months to obtain admitting privileges, if at all.

“We are confident this bill will be held to be constitutional,” said Susan Armacost, legislative director for Wisconsin Right to Life, when asked about the lawsuit. She scoffed at the idea of “competent” abortion doctors having difficulty obtaining admitting privileges. Who are these people that they cannot even get admitting privileges at a hospital?” she said.

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  • Tony Bannister

    This dickhead doesn’t give a shit about “a woman’s ability to make an informed choice that will protect her physical and mental health now and in the future”, he only cares about his own preferences and objections to abortion. He, who has never needed to have one, thinks abortions wrong, and so he throws as many obstacles as he can in the way of women who need or want one. What a waste of oxygen this man is.

    • 4sanity4all

      And he did it on the sly, hoping to get it in under the radar. Women in Wisconsin better be aware of how this idiot is taking away their right to a perfectly legal procedure without unnecessary invasion and expense. Scott Walker is turning Wisconsin into an unlivable hellhole, from his eliminating unions and worker protections, to this.

    • lana ward

      Every woman should be made to have an ultrasound. She just might decide not to murder her baby when she sees him

      • Tony Bannister

        Typical hyperbole from the anti-choice lobby. It’s not murder. Nobody wants the right to murder babies.

        • lana ward

          It is murder. If left alone to grow, will it be born a frog??, Or a baby???

          • Tony Bannister

            Your dislike of abortion has led you to some pretty illogical arguments, hasn’t it? Look, it’s as simple as this. If you don’t agree with abortion, then don’t have one. But you cannot expect others to conform to your preferences.

      • WhutHeSaid

        What do you think your mama would have done if she knew you would turn out to be Satan’s mouthpiece?

        • lana ward

          It’s you baby murderers that chant Hail Satan over Amazing Grace that are Satans’ mouthpiece. Wicked freaks!!!

          • WhutHeSaid

            Hmmm…I never killed any babies, but I suppose at least the thought would have occurred to somebody if they knew you’d eventually turn out to serve Satan when you were born. I hope the doctor at least got in a good slap.

          • lana ward

            The baby murderers chant Hail Satan so what does than make them

          • WhutHeSaid

            I dunno – what does it make them? Your future pit-mates in Hell?

          • lana ward

            You agree with murdering babies like these Hail Satan freaks do. Satan loves death and so do these misfits. They’ll be the ones in Hell, not me. If you agree with murdering babies, you’ll be there too

          • WhutHeSaid

            You don’t have to commit murder to end up in Hell. Lying every day is enough to do the trick. This is why you will be there, with Satan jabbing you ass with a pitchfork.

          • lana ward

            Believing murdering babies is alright will more than do the trick. I haven’t lied. Everything I have said about OHitler is true. He is a terrorist just like Morsi. The Egyptians know it too

          • WhutHeSaid

            If Jesus was here on Earth today he would find you and kick your ass, because Jesus hate liars and you are one of the most prolific liars in the world.

            Satan surely beams with pride every time you speak, and he will be ready for your arrival in Hell when the time comes. But mind you, Satan’s reward for you is an eternity roasting in the lake of fire — with periodic jabs in the ass with a red-hot pitchfork.

            I hope you are enjoying your lie-fest here on Earth, because when you leave you will go directly to Hell, and you won’t enjoy that at all, no. I can’t say that you haven’t earned it.

          • lana ward

            I told you everything I have said about OHitler is true. Jesus hates baby murderers. He said it is better that you weren’t born as to hurt a child, so you’re in trouble. Satan is waiting for you because of your wicked hatred of babies.

          • Darren Lemric

            He also said Judge not, that ye be not judged, and yet here you are trying to pull the mote out of your brother’s eye.

          • lana ward

            I’m not judging. I’m saying about half of the country believes in murdering babies. God will judge

          • WhutHeSaid

            Yes, I heard what you said – please see my previous comments on lying. Also, I’ve never hurt any baby, so once again we find you doing Satan’s work by spewing lies. I hope you like pitchforks.

          • lana ward

            What is in your heart is as bad as the deed. If you believe in abortion, you’ve helped murder 55 million babies

          • WhutHeSaid

            If such a thing was actually true, then you would be spending the next 27 million years in prison — starting with 10 years in prison for each time you thought about threatening Barack Obama.

          • lana ward

            Yes I still pray he meets his maker SOON before he completely destroys the country. He’s a psychopath terrorist

          • Independent1

            Lana, what Nonsense!! You’re just too dumb aren’t you Lana to realize that banning abortions isn’t going to stop women from wanting and getting an abortion. Did banning liquor stop people from drinking? NO!! They figured out how to get booze someplace. Has banning POT stopped people from smoking it?? NO! Lots of people have figured out how to get POT someplace. You have to be pretty stupid to think that the enactment of Roe vs Wade suddently opened the door to abortions

            Abortions were going on long before Roe vs Wade – about the ONLY THING that Roe vs Wade has done, is prevent thousands upon thousands of already grown up humans (women) from dying during a botched abortion that was gotten on the blackmarket. And that’s the ONLY THING that idiot states that pass abortion bans are going to accomplish – find the death rate of young women suddenly skyrocket.

            So Lana, you can go around all you want chanting about baby killers – but that’s not going to stop if abortions are banned – what’s going to REALLY HAPPEN is people like you are going to end up being THE KILLERS OF GROWN WOMEN!!! And you know something Lana – fetuses aren’t babies – you can claim that all you want BUT IT’S NOT TRUE!!! However, you can bet your socks that young women WERE BABIES that have grown up – and doing something that makes them die more often during a botlched abortion is worse than aborting a non human fetus!!!!

          • lana ward

            No matter how you rant and rave, abortion IS murder. You don’t want a baby, DON’t get pregnant

          • Independent1

            Personally I don’t agree with them either, but what I’m telling you is banning them isn’t going to solve anything and Roe vs Wade is not responsible for the large number of abortions. So this banning abortions garbage is just that garbage. People like you need to stop trying to keep women from getting birth control. If you really want to decrease abortions ,that will do far more than banning abortions which will only drive women to get abortions on the black market or for women who can afford to, they’ll drive or fly to a state or country that allows them – the idea that banning abortions will stop them is purely delusional.

          • Darren Lemric

            psst, none of you will be in hell, because it’s make believe. Discuss.

          • lana ward

            You hope

          • Darren Lemric

            I think it would be more accurate to say that you hope there is one. It’s obvious you’re a big fan of the fire and brimstone. Hell is a Christian/Muslim concept. The rest of us believe in a loving G_d.

          • lana ward

            He is a just God too. Vengeance is mine, says the Lord

          • Darren Lemric

            The bible also says “As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves.”

          • lana ward

            God prescribes the death penalty for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb–Exodus21:22-25, Psalm 139: 13-16, Jeremiah 1:5

          • minimouse45

            God should have killed himself then,,,,the Biblical God sure liked to kill babies and woman. And then there is spontaneous abortion that must be done by HIM.

          • lana ward

            You’re nuts. God does not approve of murdering unborn babies. You must be one of the Hail Satan people

          • minimouse45

            Read your bible…it isn’t Satan that calls for stoning and putting woman to death that have been raped.
            Sorry, if thinking people don’t believe in the tooth fairy, Santa and God we certainly wouldn’t be doing the “hail Satan” either.

          • lana ward

            Pro abortion “people” were chanting Hail Satan to drown out pro lifers singing Amazing Grace at a protest in Texas

          • minimouse45

            First, I’m not pro abortion and certainly not the supreme mouthpiece for the heavenly mystic in the sky. Seems like the most Republicans and pro-lifers love the babe in the womb while supporting cuts in welfare, health care,Head Start and food stamps.

            If you want to save the baby from abortion you better plan on financially supporting the mothers who raise their children. Since when has the T-party offered their paychecks to help the already born children ?

          • lana ward

            The problem is there are to many irresponsible people. You don’t want a baby, don’t get pregnant. Wait to have kids until you can afford them. Most abortions are a sick form of birth control, to many stupid people sleeping around, getting pregnant. Once you have an abortion, you should be FORCED to get fixed, so you can’t keep murdering babies

    • sigrid28

      Walker is the Koch brothers’ puppet (along with Paul Ryan, also from Wisconsin), so this anti-abortion legislation may have nothing to do with Walker’s own ideas about abortion or even the will of the majority who elected him. To remain a Koch brothers’ fixture in Wisconsin or gain their support for a presidential run in 2016, Walker must enact legislation in Wisconsin that carries out their directives–or lose their financial backing in future elections. It’s not supposed to be quid pro quo, but that’s exactly what it is. Turning Wisconsin into a gated resort community for the 2% is the ultimate goal here, I think, just as in Michigan. Multimillionaire Tea Party climate deniers talk a good game against proof of global warming–all the time fighting measures to protect the earth’s atmosphere by limiting emissions from the fossil fuels that made and are still making them rich–while on the sly, occupying for themselves much of the United States real estate that will still be livable after drought wipes out the far right’s slowly overheating foothold in the South and fracking there destroys the region’s fresh water supply. Instead of crowding the state capital until they were heard, like the disenfranchised in Egypt, and ousting Walker in a recall, Wisconsin voters capitulated. The theft of their great national treasure is almost complete.

      • stcroixcarp

        He is also a college drop-out and economic failure.

        • irishtap

          Precisely – and I cannot understand how his lack of educational pedigree hasn’t been brought up – often. Didn’t Marquette request he leave because he was discovered stuffing the ballot box for a student election?

          • stcroixcarp

            It was election fraud of some kind in a student body election. While he was Milwaukee County commissioner he appointed a friend to head up a veteran’s organization that raised funds for disabled vets and their families. That appointee is now in prison for embezzling over $40,000 from the families of dead and disabled vets. The embezzler’s lover was appointed to the state Department of Education. While there the lover tried (on line using state computers) to arrange for sex with an underaged boy. Walker’s campaign staff used taxpayer time and computers for campaign purposes. As governor, he is an economic failure. Wisconsin ranks 44 out of 50 states in job growth. Walker is both inept and corrupt. A failure.

    • stcroixcarp

      In addition to being a dickhead, Walker is also a cheater and liar, an inept administrator, low life and a failure.

    • Jim Myers

      Governor Walker is the perfect example why abortions should be given freely to anyone who wants one.

      Maybe his mother would have chosen abortion.

      Wisconsin would have been much better off without him.

    • irishtap

      He isn’t a man – he’s a filthy parasite.

  • digitalPimple

    Good for walker. As someone working in healthcare there is no reason a doctor should not have admitting privileges to a hospital. This is why women are sent home to die with silly complications when otherwise they would be admitted.

    That is a basic health requirement and good for women so they can get proper treatment from a proper service provider. Why would anyone in their right mind go get a surgical procedure from a doctor who does not have this privilege?? Makes you wonder…

    Walker is doing excellent. Only a left wing lunatic would have a problem setting common surgical standards on outpatient facilities.

    • Sand_Cat

      Yeah, this is all about your deep care for women’s health, right? Maybe Scott wasn’t as clever as Rick Perry, whose bill required transfer arrangements with hospitals for emergencies, then outlawed hospitals from making those arrangements with women’s health-care clinic. But then, Scott probably made similar arrangements in this case.
      We’re all very touched you care so much about women.

    • ayungclas

      Troll

    • charleo1

      I’m not sure my policy covers silly complications. Like, if I go home,
      I have no computer table in my bedroom, and my Farmville game gets
      shot to hell. So, I need to be admitted to a hospital with high speed internet.
      And you see nothing else going on here? Then, your work in healthcare
      must be in collections.

    • Lorr

      Are you saying that prior to this law your Governor allowed Clinics to operate that did not have common surgical standards for outpatient facilities? Your Governor, Attorney General, Department of Health and you knowing allowed women to be sent home to die with silly complications and never took legal action against the Clinic and the Physician? How many women were sent home to die from silly complications because they had an abortion at a clinic that had a physician who did not have admitting privileges at a hospital?

    • JO

      Emergency rooms can admit people under the care of a Dr. on their staff so that excuse is bunkum.

      I am of an age before Roe V Wade and before reliable birth control methods. I would much rather have a Dr. come in from out of state or out of the area to a clinic to do an abortion, which many have to do to try to stay out of the cross hairs of a gun wielding anti, than go back to the days of the old lady on Chestnut St that did abortions using a modified knitting needle and a douche solution.

      Abortions should be rare but as long as there are women with unwanted pregnancies there will be abortions. They can be safe or they can be like the “good old days” when some chose either suicide or the lady on Chestnut St.

      With more and more obstacles to getting birth control and family planning programs – there will be more abortions.

      These regulations only affect average and low income people. Rich folks can go anyplace they want, call it a medically necessary “D and C”, and get the same result – only for some reason it is more respectable and ok for them.

      The irony of the anti abortion foes is the fact that they only want to prevent abortions, they don’t care what happens to the woman or to the child after it is born. Deny access to birth control, close family planning centers, cut funding for women’s medical care, reduce school funding, reduce day care, reduce food programs. Create road blocks in every aspect of life for low income women and children, but don’t let a woman decide what is best for her family, no matter how personal and difficult that decision is.

      • Allan Richardson

        Rich women who go to the “family doctor” can even make sure their medical record does not even MENTION a pregnancy; they just got a D&C because of “bleeding and pain” or whatever. Like the joke says:

        “Senator, Dr. X wants to know what you are going to do about the abortion bill?”
        “Tell that SOB I’ll pay it next Friday.”

        • JO

          Allan, You are so right about a pregnancy not being on the record. In the early 70’s I worked at a Catholic Hospital, one of the OBGYN doctors had a patient of his come in for a “D&C”. There was no mention of terminating a pregnancy but I overheard the husband thanking the Dr. because they just couldn’t handle another child.

      • sigrid28

        Another great post today. I would only add to it. You say (worth repeating): “as long as there are women with unwanted pregnancies there will be abortions.” I would add after the word “women,” the phrase “and men.” While men are the ones in these state legislatures demanding ultrasounds and limiting a woman’s access to necessary health care, they are also often the ones who would prefer that a partner who is pregnant end the pregnancy. Just another feature of the double standard, but illustrated with dramatic force in these new anti-abortion laws. I am sick to death of the GOP and its assault on women and children.

        • JO

          Sigrid,
          I agree with everything in your post.
          Thanks. Take care.

    • As someone in the healthcare field you should already know and understand why they are unable to get admitting privileges and it has nothing to do their competency. Typically a Doctor is required to admit a certain number of patients and perform a number procedures in the hospital in order to get privileges. As abortion is such an extremely safe procedure, admittance is so rarely required these doctors are unable to admitting privileges.

    • BDC_57

      doing a great job lying out his ass

    • highpckts

      Left wing lunatic???? The lunatics are the people who think they can force their beliefs on everyone else and totally defy a Supreme Court judgement! If I recall Federal law trumps State law! Who the Hell do these guys think they are? I hope they are all sued and put in jail! If Walker is so above board, why wasn’t this issue put to a public vote? No? Because they know they would get their asses handed to them!

    • CrankyToo

      You’re more like a malignant tumor than a pimple…

    • daffodilly

      The doctors may not have admitting privileges because of political or religious reasons on the part of the hospitals not because of the competence of the doctors. No one wants to endorse the cavalier use of abortion laws but the far right niggling and picking away at our constitutional rights, whether abortion or voting, has to come to a speedy halt. These people are mean spirited to the point of being evil.

    • Darren Lemric

      “As someone working in healthcare”

      By the way you worded that, you’re not a nurse, doctor, or PA. Otherwise you’d have said.

  • johninPCFL

    “Ultrasound” is a PC name for RF. The probe is an RF emitter and detector, much like RADAR, and has the same chance for creating genetic anomalies.

    • Allan Richardson

      Actually not true. Ultrasound is literally sound, waves of vibration in air (or in this case, water and body fluids) no different from your voice or the sound of a jet engine, except for its frequency (pitch), which is much higher. The confusion is that it represents air or another medium vibrating (mechanically, like a violin string or tuning fork) at frequencies that approach the lower limit of those used for long wave radio. It has never been shown to have any effect on biological tissue except when it is extremely powerful, which is true of ANY loud sound. Ultrasound cannot be heard by the human ear because of its frequency, but bats and other creatures can hear it in air, and whales and dolphins can hear it in water. To get a little bit fantastical, if your doctor were a dolphin and you were being examined in the water, Dr. Dolphin would be giving you an ultrasound with his or her own “vision.”

      Radio waves such as used in radar are electromagnetic waves in a vacuum (they actually slow down a tiny bit in air, water, or glass), and they have never been proven to have any biologically damaging effect until they reach very short wavelengths, in which case the individual photons are energetic enough to break loose electrons, or IONIZE chemicals in the body. This begins with ultraviolet (sunburn, melanoma) and goes through X-rays and then gamma rays. X-rays are used sparingly in medicine because they do pose a cumulative risk. Ultrasound does nothing but “shake” the tissues over a range of millionths of an inch (except, of course, the extremely loud bursts of ultrasound used to break up kidneystones).

      So an ultrasound is safer than an X-ray picture or CT scan (which is done with X-rays), which it is why it is preferred for fetal scans rather than X-rays. But there is still no excuse for politicians forcing doctors to go against their medical judgement and perform BILLABLE procedures by fiat rather than for a medical reason.

      • sigrid28

        A moment of sanity–and science! Thanks.

  • charleo1

    It sure seems to me, it’s a ridiculous state of affairs. When a major political party,
    the GOP, in the most influential country in the world. Has managed to work itself into such a sorry political position, with all the issues, and challenges facing us. That anti-abortion, measures is all they’ve got to offer. No I’m serious! Think about it for
    a second. Wouldn’t the economy be a better topic? Sure. But that’s out. Unless they have in mind creating another debt ceiling crisis. Demanding we elect Glen Beck for life. Or, we’ll cause a default in the bond market, and see if all that bad stuff really
    happens. That’s really going to help isn’t it? They thought a 20 billion cut to the food program was too small. So, I guess costing the economy another 18 billion in lost investment, and economic activity, with another credit downgrade, would work just as well. But for now, it’s all about abortion, all the time. Immigration is a crisis, that the CBO says could improve the economy. All those people working off the books. And who are they? That’s the ticket! I heard Marco Rubio was going to carry the immigration flag. His parents were immigrants you know? We’ll show them the GOP has a heart, before they bury us in the next election. and…forget it. Immigration’s as dead as any jobs bill, or tax reform bill, budget bill, carbon bill, infrastructure improvement bill. But! And this is big! Rubio is sponsoring the new, GOP anti-abortion bill in the Senate! Who knew that’s all the GOP base wanted? Put the government in charge of enforcing all those family values them televangelists keep talking about. And Walmart, and the Koch Brothers can split the economy right down the middle. And Glen Beck will get his old job back. It’s all about priorities
    folks.

    • Mark Ginn

      That’s really it in a nut shell, isn’t it? The GOB (Grand ‘Ol Biatch – to the Tea Party) talks about downsizing government. Why? So they can focus on controlling what women do with their bodies?

      • sigrid28

        Or could this downsizing have a more sinister goal–and effect–than we previously thought? I think the GOP is using the anti-abortion controversy to distract from hidden, less flashy but more destructive incursions that limit voting rights wherever and whenever possible. The wealthy whom the GOP coddles do not need government in any way. Like the king and the aristocrats surrounding him prior to the French Revolution, they are insulated entirely by their wealth and status from the laws of this country. Stop and think. They are almost the only ones who benefit from a diminishing role of government in the U.S.

        • latebloomingrandma

          You are so right. I’m not much for conspiracy theories, but there’s something rotten in Denmark going on here. Wisconsin was to be ALEC’s “test case” for getting rid of unions. This is what happens when a few control a disproportionate amount of money in the country. We are back in the 1890’s. There is such class division now. Most people probably can’t name it, but it’s there and the cause of all the unrest and increase in violence. In a free society there will always be successful people and bums, but the equality of opportunity is supposed to be there, not roadblocks. We are not to be a country with a permanent aristocracy and serfs.

          • sigrid28

            Great post, and not just because you were replying to me.

      • charleo1

        Well that’s all they got now. If they managed to flip the Senate, and
        get a President in like Grover Norquist wants. One with enough healthy
        digits to hold a pen, and sign the Legislation an unstoppable T-Bag
        Congress hands him. I think many Americans would be amazed what
        they’ve got in ’em. They could get a preview by looking at these all GOP, runaway States. Like Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Arizona. They pass this crap. And people
        get out in the streets. It don’t bother them a bit. Getting their nose in
        the front door, when a pregnancy occurs, is just the beginning.

      • BDC_57

        and control your voting rights

  • stcroixcarp

    This law also allows for law suits against the doctor performing the abortion. The father or any grandparent of the aborted or attempted aborted fetus may sue the doctor if they have reason to believe that the woman was not informed adequately. The plaintiff could get up to $10,000 from the doctor for economic and emotional trauma plus attorney’s fees. It would be up to the doctor to prove that he/she had read the state authored script and that the ultrasound technician gave an adequate description of the fetus. So much for doctor/patient confidentiality!

    • latebloomingrandma

      And so much for “small government.”

      • Independent1

        The notion that the GOP is for small government is just another ploy of the GOP. The fact is that the GOP has greatly increased the number of government workers over the past 35+ years while the Dems have actually drastically reduced them.
        Here’s a few statstics to support that:

        During the last 3 GOP presidencies:
        The federal government grew by more than 261,000 workers during the presidencies of Reagan and the two Bushes. and if you look at all governments combined (federal,local and state), the number of government workers grew by over 953,000 just during Bush Jr’s two terms.

        During the last 3 Dem presidencies:
        The federal government shrank by more than 345,000 during the presidencies of Carter, Clinton and Obama. And under Obama, all governments combined shrank by over 600,000.

        • irishtap

          Thanks Independent1, an excellent piece of information.

  • JDavidS

    There are now only two abortion clinics in Wisconsin…Seems ironic ’cause Walker and Lyin’ Ryan, both from that beautiful state, are the strongest reasons I could give for retroactive abortion.

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  • howa4x

    I guess Walker didn’t get the message from the GOP autopsy that warned them to stay clear of social issues especially abortion. Politically Walker caved into a shrinking group of right to life conservatives and lost a majority of independents, women and minorities. This is part of the repressive republican/religious strategy that seeks to force women to take a step backward in time before Roe/Wade. This is why the tea party is reviled by a majority of the population. They only see freedom as being able to own guns, allow the Koch’s to pollute the ground water, and to break up the unions at the behest of the corporations. A woman’s right to choose, or getting married to the one you love is not considered freedom in Republican held states, it is considered a violation of the church, and the republican party has become the religious mullahs of this country. Forcing their dogma and will on everyone. This proves how much damage the republicans will do to peoples rights once they get power. Rights will only what they consider to be right, not the rule of law but the rule of the bible.

    • Allan Richardson

      And a very biased and bigoted interpretation of the Bible, just like the biased and bigoted interpretation of the Koran by the Taliban and Al Qaeda. They are literally the American Christian Taliban.

      • Darren Lemric

        Figuratively.

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  • yumicpcake

    A big thank you to all the men who oppose this bastard and this bullshit law!!!

  • Allan Richardson

    If you want to protect your vote from the new wave of James Crow, Esq. laws being passed in Texas and elsewhere, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov, get a signon if you do not already have one, and sign the petititon “Resume Enforcing the Voting Rights Act Section 5 Immediately.” The petition explains what I believe is a valid loophole in the recent decision striking part of the VRA, and urges the President to exploit that loophole.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/resume-enforcing-voting-rights-act-section-5-immediately/Ckj7Q0rW

    • JO

      Allan, Done- We signed the petition. Hope it works. Take Care.

  • Mondovibe

    Human reproduction, especially female, is a very personal issue and should be protected as a safe, private choice. It is one of the highest risks among all species due to the size of birthed babies relative to the size of our bodies, the complex conditions of healthy development, to raising a healthy child in a healthy envirnoment. I’ve yet to see a ‘pro life’ stance that comprehensively addresses, much less respects, the privacy of personal circumstances, quality, safety, sustainability of life. Ending life support on anyone too compromised to live a quality of life, is a very personal complex decision best kept safe, private and medically cared for.

    There are many policies that ‘pro lifers’ vote for, that actually kill babies and more, harming much of the sustainable quality of life on this planet. Environmental toxins are showing up in the average human (top of the food chain) umbilical cord, to socio eco economic oppression and exploitation giving rise to: third world inequalities, loss of species, toxic eco & financial systems, illness, unrest, violence and WAR zones.

    Therefore, I would submit to every supposed pro lifer/anti safe legal choice, to be probed first, before they even think of getting in the way of anyone else’s very personal, private lives and instead concern yourselves with the urgency of the right to quality, sustainable of life on this planet.

  • docb

    In hiding, under the cloak of darkness with a lie pushed out for good measure to the press..Little wall-eyed walker and his kockedup bros supporters screwing women and Civil rights and breaking the Federal Law of Roe.

    The party of ignorant and denial…..Repugnant.

  • Michelle Thompson

    Since Scott Walker has decided that HE has the final say in what
    choices a woman has (or doesn’t have) when it comes to her reproductive
    organs, and has put HIMSELF in charge of her mental health, I think
    every woman who lives in WI should bombard Mr. Walker’s office
    requesting he make decisions about ALL their medical treatments. “How
    many children should I have DR. Walker?” “I’m having trouble conceiving
    DR. Walker, what should I do?” “I have a unusual discharge DR. Walker,
    what is it and what treatment do you suggest?”

  • We got us a whole new business…we pick you up in your home state, drive over the border do the procedure then bring you home.
    We’ll bring you to the new 800,000 SQ FT Planned Parenthood AbortionPlex, 20 tables no waiting. Come enjoy a few laps in our Lazy river while sipping on a Mai Tai, enjoy our new shopping center with highly rated & entertainment facilities & get a Two-For-One abortion discount coupon, bring a friend.
    And don’t miss our Mother-Daugther Days when both can get an abortion for the price of one AND get a coupon for a free entree’ at our new restuarant.
    Or you can give birth & drop the kid off on the state house lawn. The Republicans will care for it.

  • irishtap

    Mr. Walker and his ‘Son’s of Bircher’s’ fan club, are stuck on their ‘holier than thou moral crusade’. Walker himself not anyone’s idea of the modern day intellectual, is only playing to the ignorance of his base. Walker I doubt gives a great deal of time considering the other side of policy – but, only to how much he can increase the discord and division among voters in his quest to stay in power. I am so goddamn sick and tired of battling pro-life idiots – whose minds are absent the ability to reason. There exist myriad reasons why a woman may choose to terminate a pregnancy – those of the ‘Prohibitionist mindset’ only have faculty to focus on one. These are human life forms whose full blown disdain for comprehensive sex education – access to low cost birth control will only result in higher numbers of unintended pregnancy. This is the same group whom routinely look the other way when church leading pedophiles are sent to another unsuspecting locale to continue their rape of innocent children. These are the same fools that decry basic – common sense firearm/background check legislation in attempt to keep our kids safer while in school – for God’s sake. It’s from these same addlepated group thinkers that demonize “the greedy teachers” whom because of their twisted fetish for guns, have too often been called upon to lay down their lives for our children.
    We’re supposed to respect the viewpoint of cognitively defective Bible thumpers whom claim Jesus as their own, yet wouldn’t recognize him much less invite him in if he showed up bare foot and hungry at the door. Prohibitionists recoil at an intelligent argument when as a man, Jesus himself was the supreme rational thinker, and challenged the one without sin to cast the first stone. This anti-substantia grisea cult lay claim to moral preeminence over the rest of us, when they should be ashamed at their willful ignorance and Stockholm devotion to their witch-hunt obsession. This expert cruelty comes from the same crowd whom abuse their kids and set the cat on fire for fun.

    We know from our own history that these extremist sects are capable of momentarily holding reason under water long enough to make it gasp and shudder. Always from a bullying position and venomous subterfuge. Many low brow thinkers were loathe to condemn slavery and stood up to ban all alcohol consumption – while having a nip at the neighbor’s still to celebrate their reckless hypocrisy. The key question I never see addressed by this ‘misguided mindless mob’ is: How will abortion be stopped? You couldn’t stop cops and judges or congressmen from drinking. The forty year War on Drugs has been an exercise in futility. So how on earth will you “actually end ALL abortion?!” You won’t because you can’t. Your vacuous quest will undoubtedly prove to increase it. Since your way is to ignore sex education (cuz it’s evil – isn’t that right?) The incidence of STD’s will increase as well. You will be responsible for the rebirth of the back alley abortion where many women and young girls will put their health and very lives at risk and will often die – because of the inescapable cause and effect relationship to capitalistic doctrine: supply and demand. But as the deaths and mutilations add up – you ‘special people’ will simply keep the blinders on and pat yourself on the back – isn’t that right?! Ultimately reason will return and you idiots will be silenced once again – but the sterility and death you will have caused from your ‘church of dumb and dumber’ will forever be your legacy. Not that this would ever matter to a cult of irresponsible – heedless – morons.

  • Justin Napolitano

    I think every women in Wisconsin that wants an abortion should claim to be raped.

    They can say that the SOB that impregnated her did so without any concern that he would cause her to become pregnant. He took no care to prevent the pregnancy and as far as she is concerned that amounts to rape.

    She can also claim that she doesn’t know who he is

  • tax payer

    So, does the doctor do it free and the Hospital waives the fee to use their Facility?

  • minimouse45

    Walker is crazy and is trying to set the “forward ” State back to the dark ages. He has sold out our beautiful northern forests, shred our school system, killed the former endangered wolves and is now taking on woman’s health and choices. We also have one of the worst employment rates. Clearly the citizens of Wisconsin couldn’t get past the flood of Koch dollars and admit they elected a monster…let’s hope we get rid of this guy soon !

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