Barrett, Nusbaum Oppose Walker’s 'War on Women'

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Brown County Executive Nancy Nusbaum say they’re “appalled” with Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda opposing women’s rights, especially regarding women’s health.

In the wake of a new law signed by Gov. Scott Walker, Planned Parenthood announced Friday it will be suspending medically induced abortions, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Brown County Executive Nancy Nusbaum didn’t take the news lying down.

The two held a joint conference to voice their disapproval of what they called Walker’s “war on women,” saying this is exactly what happens when people choose ideology over jobs.

“Fighting for women has been a critical part of both my career life, and my life in general,” Nusbaum said. “That’s why I’m going along with women across Wisconsin who are appalled with Scott Walker and his right-wing agenda.”

The new law requires women seeking medically induced abortions to meet with their doctor at least three times first. It also bans doctors from consulting with patients online about medical abortions.

"I’m going along with women across Wisconsin who are appalled with Scott Walker and his right-wing agenda.”

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is suspending the service because it says the law is too “vague” and “problematic.” The organization is waiting for more legal clarity before moving forward.

However, Barrett, one of four candidates running for governor in the May 8 Democratic recall primary election, said the law is another sign of Walker’s radical agenda. If he is elected in the June 5 recall election, Barrett said he would end the fight for reproductive freedom.

“As governor, I will end this war and reverse this policy,” Barrett said. “I’ll also reverse Walker’s law that took away equal pay and certainly have appropriate sex education in schools.”

Barrett says he also plans to properly fund Planned Parenthood in order to provide cervical and breast cancer screenings, contraception and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Representatives from the Walker campaign did not respond to calls or emails seeking comment Friday.

DivineLight April 22, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Lyle and Stormy.....Here is a thought....Teach communication skills, rational thinking, emotional development, parenting principles, ethics (I leave morality out because that is too subjective) in school starting at the ages their brains are ready to process the appropriate information. Have the 12 Step programs such as alateen and alanon available in every school. If I had been directed to this group as a teen it may have changed the whole trajectory of my life. Have mandatory separate organized group support sessions for girls and boys who are struggling. Definitely have money management classes that teach kids how to have clear understanding of and responsible relationships with money. Start thinking of schools less as factories for churning out workers and more as environments for learning all the skills needed to succeed in a difficult world. Please spare any "this should be taught at home" because it isn't and it has to start somewhere. When a teen starts acting out you make a mistake by thinking the teen is just a bad seed when over and over it is shown there is a communication break down, an internal family issue that has been festering a long time and has been left unresolved, unaddressed or badly dealt with. Also all women who are pregnant must take parenting classes at a location of their choice. I can't believe you need classes and a license to drive a car but not to have and raise a child. None of this will ever happen. Sad.
John Wilson April 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Hoffa thinks a 2 cell zygote is life... yeah, this guy is well beyond all hope...
John Wilson April 22, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Jimmmy,as usual, you are WRONG: Federal filing fees are ALWAYS higher! Additionally, there is ALWAYS a longer waiting time to have your case heard... don't let the facts get in your way though, you never do...
John Wilson April 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Jimmy, the only thing that the women I know and talk with, that disgusts them more than the Walker/Retug War on Women is you attempting to portray a lawyer... NOTHING, not even Senselessbrenner is lower than that!
John Wilson April 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Bren, you are RIGHT! Jimmy, notwithstanding, only the Rethugs and ALL religions treat women as being less worthy of respect and dignity than slaves... Why do you think the Catlick Church came out with the "Immaculate Conception?" IF you really want to know: It was/is their fear of the sexuality of women… and that is true to this day…
John Wilson April 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Jimmy, IF it's ALIVE it can "advocating for itself", walk, talk, work and even, perhaps VOTE!
John Wilson April 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I see they let more [AG/Jimmy Hoffa] mindless, knuckle dragging, Neanderthal, Republican’t out of their fece-filled cave…
John Wilson April 23, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Yeah, talk to palin about her sex-crazed daughter... surely she was raised RIGHT, given her mother is well beyond any religious fanatic, out side a padded room that I have ever seen; she should be in a cell with Charlie Manson... they deserve each other. So much for good religious teachin'...
John Wilson April 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
@Stormy Weather- "I have some volunteering that I need to do..." Hopefully, that will involve getting a brain transplant...
Lyle Ruble April 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM
@John Wilson...C'mon John, lighten up. It doesn't help with the name calling. No one is probably more liberal than I, but you don't help our position with your sinking to the gutter. I don't know about AG but JRH is a lot of things but he doesn't fit your vile description.
John Wilson April 23, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Right now ABORTION is very, very, LEGAL and so is CONTRACEPTION, which, ironically, would dramatically reduce the NEED for an ABORTION! And, they are destined to stay that way. Would you rather pay $50.00/$100.00 a month for a woman's contraception or $15,000/$20,000 per year for a child that is unwanted, unloved and will probably grow up to be as dysfunctional as you and commit crimes... This isn’t a question in regard to morality or ethics, and you KNOW IT! You continually come back to the same issue driving your conservative, insanity: YOU have to PAY some MONEY OUT OF YOUR POCKET! That’s ALL this is about: YOUR $$$, no matter how you dress it up in MORALLY WRONG! YOUR POOR LITTLE POCKETBOOK, YOU POOR LITTLE BABY!
John Wilson April 23, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Somewhere along the road of life you (2) Jimmy & Stormy never learned what it is to be a part of humanity: You did, however, learn how to be $$$ grabbing, hoarding, greedy harlots...
Randy1949 April 23, 2012 at 12:51 AM
@John Wilson -- I realize this is a contentious issue, but there's little to be gained by taking the discussion from respectfully cordial to personal. Can't we all behave like adults?
John Wilson April 23, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Who told Conservatives about LOGIC?
DivineLight April 23, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Randy said "@DivineLight -- From what I have read, Hugh Beaumont was the Real Deal -- Ward Cleaver in real life. People make a lot of fun of that show, but it never hurts to see parents who actually talk to each other about the problems they encounter raising their kids." I say...funny I was just watching the Beav on one of the stations last night. It was pretty great but so far removed from any family I knew in the 50's. When I was a kid it was like watching a family from another planet.
John Wilson April 23, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Sorry, Lyle Ruble, but please don't lump me in with the Liberals/Progressives or Moderate Conservatives/Right-Wing Conservatives; I have no party affiliation and I am an atheist, secular humanist. If you think I am pandering to a party, you are wrong; if you are offended by my comments, then please do not read them: my comments are, as I see them and both of the folks I mentioned are just about as devoid of humanity as you can get without actually being totally dead...
John Wilson April 23, 2012 at 02:10 AM
@Randy 1949 The issue is somewhat contentious... The WAR ON WOMEN has really been going on since the beginning of time, by MEN, by GOVERNMENT and by RELIGION. In addition, now, we have a significant number of posters, attempting to justify this WAR ON WOMEN, simply because, ROOT CAUSE: they do not want to spend a dime of their own $$$ helping anyone other than himself or herself. When you get behind all the pious morality, outrage, poor choices, responsibility, we actually get to the very rational of their position: they are selfish, greedy, socially irresponsible and immature people, who only want to help themselves... That is the TRUTH HERE! The TRUTH is PERSONAL; it is the personal position of these people posting here! That is exactly what they are ultimately saying here: I do not want to spend MY $$$ on anyone but ME, everything else is just a facade!
Bren April 23, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I would also point out that the government would not pay for contraceptives under the ACA. It would be covered under the insured's policy. And I've never witnessed a health insurer shy about raising rates if they found they weren't making quite enough profit off of their insureds' health needs.
Bren April 23, 2012 at 03:33 AM
My America, as we learned in school, was the helping hand to the world. Shouldn't that include our own citizens? Will deadbeats learn a lesson seeing the families they abandoned begging in the streets or standing in line at a church pantry or homeless shelter? I'm conjecturing here, but believe that an individual who walks away from responsibility has no concern for the impact on others. I wouldn't call you "insane" because you keep making the same unrealistic points; I suggest, once again, that life simply isn't so cut and dried as you make it out to be. I tend to believe that care for each other separates us from the animal kingdom. There it's survival of the fittest. The small, the weak, the sick, the lame, the blind, the old, are carried off by predators or die of hunger under a bush. Is that what should happen in American society?
Greg April 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
OK, I may not be a woman, but I still don't think it's a good idea to give an abortion based only on an online interview. I guess I also feel that abortion is a moral issue rather than a political issue, so those that are in favor of abortion should fund abortion. There should still be laws regulating all medical practices, but abortion is not an issue for deciding a president or governor.
Steve ® April 23, 2012 at 07:18 PM
When the current gov turns out to be a rockstar, public opinion is sky high, and the leadership turns around a state in under a year you pull out the ole' tried and true card. The war on "--insert catchy word here--"
DivineLight April 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Well Greg...given your "opinion" you clearly should not have an abortion. The public does not fund abortions in America. They do in Canada and many other "progressive" countries. But America is still struggling with the concept of evolution.
Greg April 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM
But I want one!!! Is it evolution to not consult a doctor face to face?
Randy1949 April 23, 2012 at 09:22 PM
@Greg -- If business deals can be done by webcam, I don't see why an initial patient interview can't be done by webcam too. The reason for this is that some people in remote areas have to travel many miles to a clinic, and with the requirement for a 24 hour waiting period between initial interview and the actual procedure (or in this case, dispensation of medication), this saves the patient two long drives or an overnight stay plus the associated expense.
Greg April 23, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Why not just dispense the abortion pill from vending machines? They are used for business deals too. I'm just damn glad you don't need an I.D. to get an abortion.
Randy1949 April 23, 2012 at 10:58 PM
@Greg -- There's no reason why, if the law insists on two conversations at least 24 hours apart, why a doctor can't take a patient history using a face to face internet medium like Skype. There's also no medical reason why a woman can't have her two week follow-up exam done by her primary physician.
Bucky April 23, 2012 at 11:02 PM
You sound like a woman.
Randy1949 April 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
@Bucky -- Who -- me, Greg or Divine?
DivineLight April 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Gee in Canada why a gal just had to go to her doctor, prove she was pregnant, schedule an abortion, get one, enjoy a day of rest and then on with her life. And the reason you can't do this here is.....what is the reason? I can't figure out the reason.
DivineLight April 24, 2012 at 02:33 AM
HOffa says "Unfortunately, the readily available nature of an abortion have given many a free license to engage in hedonistic sexual activity without having to worry about the natural consequences of such. " I say..."you are joking right? Before abortion people were not having as much indiscriminate sex and abortion suddenly gave everyone free license to act like bunnies?? You actually believe everyone behaved themselves until abortion became legal?? Wrong. Because of birth control women became free in the 60's from fear of pregnancy allowing them to enjoy, really really enjoy, having sex. Sex, abortions and forced marriages were always happening. The only thing that has changed are no more backroom abortions and fewer forced marriages. People have been having wild crazy sex outside of marriage since men and women started noticing each other. In some cultures they were open about it and in some they just hid it. SEX IS Wonderful and natural and you can't control it with false rigid cultural impositions. Or silly moralizing. People have sex, women get pregnant, women don't want to be pregnant, women have abortions. This will never change. The only question is Do You Think Women Should Be Able to Have Safe, Clean Abortions? And if she can't afford one do you think she should be forced into having the child?


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