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Local Democrats react to President Trump’s claims on Wisconsin abortion bill

(WAOW) — An abortion bill in the badger state continues to stir controversy, even getting the President’s attention.

Republicans introduced the abortion bill last week and Governor Tony Evers said he plans to veto it.

However, while President Trump was in Green Bay, he made it loud and clear he was for the bill.

“The baby is born,” Trump said. “The mother meets with the doctor. They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby. I don’t think so.”

But local democrats said that is not what the bill is about.

“I could not believe what I was hearing coming out of his mouth,” said Nancy Stencil, chair of the Democratic Party of Marathon County.

The abortion bill introduced in Wisconsin would send doctors to prison for life if they fail to care for babies born alive after a failed abortion.

Governor Evers said he plans to veto that bill.

“Late-term abortion is a hard enough decision for parents; if something is drastically wrong with their child, it’s selfish to have it living for the sake of living,” said Stencil.

“Trump’s claims about abortion are lies designed to manipulate the public to advance a political
agenda. Trump’s lies do not reflect the reality of healthcare and the realities families and physicians
face,” said Tanya Atkinson, President of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

As for Evers’ plan to veto the bill, he said it is because of existing protections and criminal penalties in the state law.

Health officials said they don’t have data on fetuses surviving abortion attempts in Wisconsin because it is so rare.

Wisconsin also bans abortion after 20 weeks of gestation.


Victoria Saha

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