22 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: rolling back women's rights.

Wow, they're busy these days trying to turn Wisconsin into Pleasantville -- before the Recall can happen.

So far, so good too! First, make sure women discriminated against in the work place cannot seek legal redress. Check. Second, throw up more roadblocks to make sure rape victims have to carry the pregnancy to term. I suppose this is a kind of Father's Rights movement, although Glenn is nobody's daddy.

Capitol Report: Bill to prevent webcam abortions up for vote in Senate
During a public hearing on the bill in December, Lisa Subeck, executive director NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, testified that prescription abortions authorized via video conferencing have been found to have comparable outcomes to conventional procedures. Subeck added webcam abortions could be a way to extend needed medical services in a state like Wisconsin, where 94 percent of the counties have no abortion providers. To read more testimony from the hearing, click here.

A lesser discussed provision of the bill would repeal two currently unenforced sections of state law that penalize women -- not more than $200 or six months in prison or both -- for having an abortion. The law long predates the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion but has never been removed from the books.

This change in state law would obviously have no real-world impact unless Roe v. Wade was overturned, but pro-life advocates nonetheless want the law changed now. A similarly unenforced section of state law that penalizes those performing an abortion would remain in place, however.

"The woman could not be penalized," Lyons says. "The woman would be considered the victim."

Safar says Planned Parenthood also is in favor of repealing the sections of law that criminalize abortion patients.

The bill is sponsored by Sens. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, Pam Galloway, R-Wausau, and Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend. If approved Tuesday by the Senate, the bill would still need to be approved by the Assembly before heading to the governor's desk.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/capitol-report/capitol-report-bill-to-prevent-webcam-abortions-up-for-vote/article_cdca6bda-5c19-11e1-a9e3-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1n9ww3wmT

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