Wisconsin Governor vetoes abortion bill
article posted on CNN.com, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle vetoed an abortion bill that said doctors would have to tell women seeking abortions after the fifth month that the fetus could suffer pain.
Wisconsin already has a law saying women must say wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion and they have to get information for other options. Well, the problem with that is that the people who give the "other information" are trying to avoid the woman from having an abortion. You might think, what's so wrong with giving women information right? Well, the information is usually incorrect and written and/or told in a way to divert women of thinking of abortion as an option at all.
It's hard enough getting an abortion in this country, it might be legal, but you try getting your health care to cover the costs for you to get one. Or if you're 16 and your father rapes you(who is your only guardian) and you try getting abortion when you have to notify a parent to have one.
The problem is that women's reproductive rights are silently being reversed and the conservative climate is more 'sympathetic' to ensure the 'rights of the fetus' as opposed to a woman, who is actually alive, living and breathing and we know for a fact feels pain. Kudos to Governor Doyle for vetoing this ridiculous bill. In the future
I hope more and more bills like these vetoed and reproductive rights for women are ensured, protected, and expanded. Here is the
Gov. Jim Doyle on Friday vetoed a bill that would have forced doctors to tell women seeking abortions after their fifth month of pregnancy that their fetuses could suffer pain.
Doyle, a Democrat, said there is no evidence conclusively proving when a fetus can feel pain. The Republican-controlled Legislature should not be allowed to decide scientific fact, he said.
"It would be reckless to inject a requirement that doctors communicate unproven science to their patients during an already difficult and sometimes traumatic time," Doyle wrote in his veto message. "This bill intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship ... and contravenes the requirement that doctors provide objective and accurate information to their patients."
When a fetus can feel pain is a matter of debate in the medical community. The bill's supporters say some research supports the theory that a fetus can feel pain at the 20th week of pregnancy. Opponents say none of those claims have been proven.
Bob Delaporte, a spokesman for Republican Assembly Speaker John Gard, accused Doyle of "ignoring the science on this one."
Three other states -- Arkansas, Georgia and Minnesota -- have similar notification requirements, and federal legislation is pending.
Women seeking abortions in Wisconsin already must be given information on alternatives to ending their pregnancies. They also must wait 24 hours after a counseling session to have the procedure performed.