By Heather Weininger, Executive Director, Wisconsin Right to Life
Editor’s note. As he had promised, on Friday pro-abortion Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a package of pro-life measures, even one that does no more than require that abortion survivors receive treatment equal to that given to premature babies born at the same gestational age.
“Before Governor Evers even gave the public an opportunity to speak, he announced that his veto pen was out and ready,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.
“Thankfully, Wisconsin did pass a bill to protect unborn babies born alive from failed abortion attempts that was signed into law on December 18, 2003. I would encourage Governor Evers to read our current law and the current bill that was introduced. He would see they are not the same.”
“This recently introduced bill will help health care providers understand the degree of care they must offer a baby born alive during a failed abortion. It will also give guidance to those who are an employee of a hospital, physician’s office or a clinic where abortions are performed who know that a baby born alive from a failed abortion and didn’t receive the proper care report this failure to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
“When a child is born prematurely via natural labor, induced labor or via cesarean section doctors have a clear understanding of the steps that must be taken to ensure they are giving the child every opportunity at life. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case when a baby is born alive during a failed abortion.”
“We knew Governor Evers was extreme when it came to abortion, but now we understand how far he is willing to go to protect the abortion industry in Wisconsin. He refuses to give babies who have already survived death from abortion the same care as a baby born at the same gestational age.
“Wisconsin’s children – both born and unborn – deserve better than this. Governor Evers needs to stand up for all of our children, not just the ones he thinks are valuable. All life is valuable.”