Last night Republicans in the State Assembly waged all-out war on the rights of women here in Wisconsin, and not surprisingly there’s a lot of outrage about what Republicans have done. Democratic State Rep. Kelda Roys is just one of many Democratic elected officials who issued statements critical of Republicans who’ve declared war on women in Wisconsin.

“At all levels of government, Republicans and their right wing ideologue supporters have been pushing for a true reversal of many of the laws that guarantee women an equal opportunity to function in our society. I am only able to serve the constituents of my district because of the successes of past generations of women, including the ability to plan my family. I am devastated that, in my final days in the State Assembly, the very measures that allowed me and other women to serve here are being rolled back,” said Rep. Roys.

To highlight the hypocrisy of Republican efforts to insert themselves into the doctor-patient relationship, Rep. Roys introduced a series of legislative amendments that sought to place these anti-women bills in the proper context.
Rep. Roys’ amendments would:

  1. Amend an abortion restriction bill to require all men seeking prescriptions for erectile dysfunction to receive a rectal exam and cardiac stress test. Anti-women legislators have a history of adding medically unnecessary procedures to women seeking abortions, and Wisconsin already has burdensome mandatory lectures and delays for women seeking abortion care.
  2. Amend an abortion restriction bill to require a state legislator be present in the exam room during the state mandated “shaming” lecture. Anti-women legislators have already gone so far in inserting themselves into the doctor-patient relationship, requiring their presence as official “State Shamers” will simply make it official.
  3. Amend the repeal of the Healthy Youth Act’s requirements for medically accurate, age appropriate sex education to also leave the teaching of the theory of gravity and the germ theory of disease up to local control. Ultimately, the only 100% effective way to protect young people from disease is to withhold knowledge of handwashing and instead have them spend life in a hermetically sealed bubble.

Rep. Mark Pocan, who is also running for the Congressional seat being vacated by Tammy Baldwin, issued a statement as well.

“I’m proud to have served in a body that four years ago passed my bipartisan bill to ensure rape victims have access to emergency contraception in emergency rooms. It was about comprehensive access to healthcare, and it was an important victory for advancing equality in Wisconsin.

“Yet, four short years later, I hardly recognize the Wisconsin State Assembly. This legislative session, Republicans have taken it upon themselves to insert their ‘moral’ judgment into a woman’s very personal and very private medical decisions over and over again.

“Requiring unfair and discriminatory barriers to getting healthcare is wrong. Senate Bill 306 is nothing more than an attempt to turn back the clock a hundred years to a time where women were treated unequally and as second class citizens.

“This session saw attacks on the middle class, consumers, education, health care, the environment and, once again, women. I am saddened that my final legislative session ended with the Legislature rolling back Wisconsin’s Equal Pay for Equal Work law, a woman’s right to choose and educating our kids with medically accurate sex education.

“Equality isn’t something given freely. We have to continue to fight each and every day to make sure that all people are treated fairly. I have always fought for equality, and I always will.”

As a husband and a (step)father, I’m disgusted at the war Republicans in Wisconsin are waging against women and their rights. What Republicans in the legislature have been doing when it comes to the rights of women isn’t progress; it’s regression.

Instead of moving Wisconsin “Forward,” Republicans in the legislature have made it clear they want to move our state backwards…as in back to the 1950’s.

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5 Responses to Reps. Roys, Pocan issue statements on GOP war on women in Wisconsin

  1. Lisa Mux says:

    Thanks for posting this, Zach!

  2. Brian says:

    As a single guy I too am disgusted by what the Republican majority pushed through this session. I can respect fiscal conservatives who want the money the government receives to be spent as efficiently as possible (even though I disagree with many of their ideas and methods). I can’t respect those who would push their beliefs on others and then complain about having other beliefs foisted on them. The ones screaming “hypocrite” the loudest somehow seem to be the biggest hypocrites. I’m thankful I am represented by people who spent the last session trying to make the majority party at least listen to those who disagree with them. Someone tell me it’s going to get better.

  3. Forward says:

    I couldn’t agree more. We in Wisconsin have had the unique opportunity to see a Republican majority ram through legislation without considering the other side at the state level as well as seeing a Democratic majority do the same at the national level. While both situations seek to appease a small group at the expense of a much larger group, they are equally disgusting. Anyone in Wisconsin who is willing to vote for a “D” or an “R” in any 2012 election is much more forgiving than I could be.

  4. tellfred says:

    OPEN LETTER TO WI Rep Mark Pocan:

    Mr. Pocan

    Operating Engineers local 139 (all of Wisconsin) UNION BOSS GOOCH McGOWAN publicly SUPPORTS – with money and union paid staff from union dues – union busting WALKER for WI GOVERNOR.

    WI Rep Mark Pocan accepted not 1, but 2 PAC donations in 2011 totaling $5,000 from union boss Gooch McGowan, Operating Enigneers, local 139. http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00423731

    Rep Pocan is running for Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional seat currently held by Tammy Baldwin who is running for the US Senate seat held by retiring Senator Kohl.

    Mr. Pocan, as a Wisconsin Democratic leader in the state legislature, please explain your justification to tellfred.com readers for accepting $5,000 in donations from Wisconsin private sector union boss Gooch McGowan (local 139), who SUPPORTS union busting Gov Walker?

    tellfred.com

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