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.