Republicans in Wisconsin aren't done regulating lady parts despite 2 bills passed earlier that vastly restrict abortions and mandate ultrasounds. The quickly rammed through bills were signed in secret by Scott Walker who wanted to avoid the publicity that dogged Republicans in Virginia and caused the Governor of that state to be renamed "Governor Ultrasound".
They're not done exerting more control over womens bodies and one State Senator is promising "all out hell" if they proceed.
A Democratic state senator promised "all out hell" next week if Republicans stick to their plan to take up a controversial bill restricting abortion for public workers and limiting access to contraception for employees of religious organizations.That's right. If you're a public employee, you won't be able to get an abortion and if you work for a religious organization (like a hospital), no birth control for you.
Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) said Tuesday's session could mirror one in June, when Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) broke the base of his gavel as he slammed it down to quiet Democrats upset over passing a different abortion bill. Footage of those raucous proceedings was featured in an ad targeting Ellis run by Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.
Republicans who run the Senate are tentatively planning to approve two abortion bills on Tuesday.
One would ban any abortions that are sought because of the sex of the fetus. The other would prevent public employees' health plans from covering most abortions, and would also strictly limit the ability of employees of religious organizations to get contraception through their insurance plans.
In case you've forgotten, this is how Republicans rammed through these bills in June with only 1 speaker and no debate:
Yes, Mike Ellis broke his gavel telling Democrats to sit down and shut up. After the ram through, the State Senate, as you can see, quickly adjourned. Democracy doesn't exist for the GOP.
Once again, Republicans refused to hold public hearings, required for major changes. Republicans, however, say that public hearings are "stalling tactics" and refuse to hold them.
While Planned Parenthood sued and received an injunction on the recent hospital admitting privileges requirement law for abortion providers, the mandatory ultrasound law has gone into effect unchallenged. It takes money to litigate and the worst law was the one mandating that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Naturally, Republican Attorney General Van Hollen has appealed the injunction to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals which has scheduled a hearing on December 3. They will then rule whether or not the injunction stands.
No one knows what's going to happen when these new atrocities become law in Wisconsin. They will, of course, become law because the GOP is in the majority and ignore democracy and even the law to ram through every extremist measure they want. The side of sanity doesn't have the deep pockets of RW billionaires to litigate everything in sight.
For Your Amusement:
The notoriously unreliable and facts optional Politifact has given a rare Pants on Fire to Scott Walker (rare for a Republican to even get questionable ratings) after his claim (in a bulk email sent to supporters) that taxpayers in Wisconsin will save about $640 over 4 years from his shiny new $100 million tax relief. Bwahahahaha!
Even Walkers puppets said it would amount to only $33 per year and others have said the "savings" on the typical home would amount to only between $11 - 13 per year.
So, yeah, Scotty. Lie all you want, but this time you went way, way too far and even your pals at Politifact had to call you out.