Matt Rothschild
Campaign Cash

GOP Bill Bars Abortions by UW Doctors

UW doctors under contract with Planned Parenthood targeted.

By - Mar 7th, 2017 11:41 am
Chris Kapenga and Andre Jacque.

Chris Kapenga and Andre Jacque.

Republican lawmakers are working on a legislative proposal that would prohibit University of Wisconsin doctors under contract with Planned Parenthood from performing abortions.

The proposal would affect less than 10 UW School of Medicine and Public Health doctors who have provided family planning, disease screening, and surgeries, including abortions, for 16 to 20 hours a week since 2008 at Planned Parenthood’s Madison clinic and an Appleton clinic, which has closed. Medical residents also receive abortion training at the clinic.

Current state law prohibits using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. This proposal, by Sen. Chris Kapenga, of Delafield, and Rep. Andre Jacque, of DePere, would also include those exceptions.

Anti-abortion groups, including Wisconsin Right to Life, Wisconsin Family Action, and Pro-Life Wisconsin, often wield influence more through outside electioneering support than direct contributions.

Outside electioneering activities, like mailings, broadcast ads and robocalls, from anti-abortion organizations totaled about $159,700 between January 2010 and December 2016 – all to support Republicans and oppose Democrats seeking legislative and statewide offices. The top recipient of outside help by anti-abortion groups was Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who received about $23,900 in backing by the groups.

Overall, individual and political action committee contributions from anti-abortion groups totaled about $12,100 between January 2010 and December 2016 to legislative and statewide candidates. All of those direct contributions went to Republicans, led by Walker, who received $1,650.

Jacque received about $1,440 and Kapenga about $960 in outside election support and direct contributions between January 2010 and December 2016 from the three anti-abortion groups.

Matthew Rothschild is executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

5 thoughts on “Campaign Cash: GOP Bill Bars Abortions by UW Doctors”

  1. Jeff says:

    I am so tired of these idiots seeking solutions to problems that don’t really exist. Fix the roads, fund the schools, stay out of peoples lives. We need to abort these guys from the Legislature.

  2. Wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    We are not baby killers in this state, but people dedicated to Life, help kids read, while the Left worries about toilets and other crap.
    Milwaukee, except for downtown, is mess, crime worse than Chicago, car jacking, heroin, human trafficking etc. Bad Roads.

  3. Ryan N says:

    WCD and his kind’s real goal “don’t kill that baby but we will not give one red cent to help it once it’s born and it’s poor, it should work harder and if it dies at least it was born!”

  4. Rob Ocono says:

    Thanks Jeff. Couldn’t have said it better. You nailed it. The party of Freedom and Liberty is at it again.

  5. Elisebeth Browne says:

    If this bill passes, the UW residency program in ob-Gyn will lose its accreditation. Try to fulfill the need for ob-Gyns when you don’t have an accredited program.

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