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Assembly passes abortion, sex ed. bills

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Re: Assembly passes abortion, sex ed. bills

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:56 pm

Barrett says he would overturn new abortion law

Planned Parenthood's decision to stop providing nonsurgical abortions in Wisconsin drew sharply different reactions Friday.

Democratic candidate for governor and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he would work to overturn the law that imposes criminal penalties on doctors who do not follow new requirements for provision of medication-induced abortions.
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Barrett called the law part of the "war on women" being waged by Walker, who signed the law April 6 along with a repeal of the law that made it easier for victims of gender discrimination to get compensation.

The state also has eliminated all state funding to Planned Parenthood to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception, and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Currently, no state or federal funding can be used for abortions.

Barrett said the medication abortion law, which took effect Friday, represents an "unprecedented intrusion" into the doctor-patient relationship and "makes a doctor a felon if he or she practices medicine in the way he or she thinks is the most appropriate."
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Re: Assembly passes abortion, sex ed. bills

Postby Endo Rockstar » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:01 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Barrett says he would overturn new abortion law

Planned Parenthood's decision to stop providing nonsurgical abortions in Wisconsin drew sharply different reactions Friday.

Democratic candidate for governor and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he would work to overturn the law that imposes criminal penalties on doctors who do not follow new requirements for provision of medication-induced abortions.
...
Barrett called the law part of the "war on women" being waged by Walker, who signed the law April 6 along with a repeal of the law that made it easier for victims of gender discrimination to get compensation.

The state also has eliminated all state funding to Planned Parenthood to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception, and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Currently, no state or federal funding can be used for abortions.

Barrett said the medication abortion law, which took effect Friday, represents an "unprecedented intrusion" into the doctor-patient relationship and "makes a doctor a felon if he or she practices medicine in the way he or she thinks is the most appropriate."


And this may put him over the top. good move on Barrett's part.

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Re: Assembly passes abortion, sex ed. bills

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:40 am

Now that Walker has won the recall, he says he will concentrate on job creation. But it looks like others have something else in mind.

Anti-abortion groups, emboldened by successes, ready for next legislative session
Coming off a legislative session in which anti-abortion advocates claimed several policy victories while Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin saw its funding and breadth of services cut back, emboldened right-to-life forces are at work on a new set of policy proposals that would further curb women’s access to contraception and abortion.

Groups such as Wisconsin Right to Life, Wisconsin Family Action and the Wisconsin Catholic Conference found allies in the Republican-controlled Legislature and in Gov. Scott Walker, allowing them to, among other things, repeal the state’s Healthy Youth Act, eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood, and enact the so-called Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act.

...there are several bills Wisconsin Right to Life is interested in having introduced at the start of the January session.

Chief among them are a ban on birth control coverage for public employees with state health insurance plans.

Indeed, Safar points out that while much of the rhetoric from Republican lawmakers and groups like Wisconsin Right to Life highlights their goal of banning abortions, their legislative agenda focuses on blocking access to birth control, something Safar thinks too few people realize.
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Another bill favored by Wisconsin Right to Life would require a woman seeking an abortion to be given an ultrasound, then offered the option to see the results, prior to the procedure. A similar law is in place in seven other states, though is being challenged in court in Texas, Lyons says.
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Re: Assembly passes abortion, sex ed. bills

Postby snoqueen » Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:09 pm

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/ ... f887a.html

I think the most likely next move is trying to let private money-management firms take a cut of the state retirement funds in exchange for "managing" them better than they're already being managed by the Dept of Employee Trust Funds.

From the article:

Walker-appointed representatives of the state Department of Administration and its Office of State Employment Relations have been meeting with policy officials from the state Department of Employee Trust Funds, which operates the pension system.

Representatives of the departments declined to describe the talks, identify participants or disclose possible recommendations.


After all,
Wisconsin's retirement system is unusual in several ways. It is one of a handful in the U.S. that is fully funded, meaning that it is rich enough to pay all the benefits state law has promised.


It's an $82 billion dollar fund right now.

I can see the little wheels turning: "Hmm... how can we siphon some of that off for my buddies?"
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Re: Assembly passes abortion, sex ed. bills

Postby jman111 » Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:29 am

snoqueen wrote:I can see the little wheels turning: "Hmm... how can we siphon some of that off for my buddies?"

jman111, on Fri Dec 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm wrote:I'm surprised there wasn't more discussion of this when the so-called Budget Repair Bill passed. This article discusses the possibility of terminating the current plan by paying out the accrued benefits so the state could move the remaining "excess" assets to the state's balance sheet- a move utilized by corporations to grab retirement funds from employees while increasing the risks to future pension payments.

It's coming....

oh crap....link is busted
try here
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Re: Assembly passes abortion, sex ed. bills

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:55 pm

Look for another round of bills to restrict women's control over their own bodies.

Wisconsin Right to Life aims for further abortion regulations

The state's largest anti-abortion group sees opportunities to place further regulations on abortion, including requiring women seeking the procedure to view an ultrasound of her fetus.

Wisconsin Right to Life is also proposing banning abortions that would cause pain to the fetus, barring abortions that are sought based on the sex of the fetus and prohibiting the ability of state employees to use their state health care plans to access abortions.

"I support all those measures and would gladly be a lead or co-sponsor on any of them," said Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc). "Any measure to protect life is of the utmost highest priority."


Kleefisch is the spouse of the Crazy Church Lady, otherwise know as Wisconsin's lieutenant governor.
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Re: Assembly passes abortion, sex ed. bills

Postby DCB » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:13 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Look for another round of bills to restrict women's control over their own bodies.

Huh? That can't be right. Nobody is interested in abortion issues.

AMY GOODMAN: You’re saying women’s reproductive rights is a ridiculous question?

GOV. SCOTT WALKER: It is, because you—the women I talk to in my state never talk about that issue. They overwhelmingly talk to me about the fears they have about their children and the ideas that their children someday might not have a job or an opportunity. That’s not an issue to—the issue that the media obsesses with, it’s not an issue that voters talk about.

I don't understand why the media is so obsessed with all the restrictions on reproductive rights that the Republicans keep trying to pass.
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