Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Press Release

MAGA Wisconsin GOP Pushed to Restrict IVF Access, Reproductive Freedom


By - Feb 27th, 2024 12:25 pm

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin families have been bracing themselves after IVF was paused in Alabama—all because Donald Trump intentionally appointed three Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

What’s happening in Alabama is a direct result of Trump and MAGA Wisconsin Republicans’ attacks on the most personal decisions that Wisconsin families can make, from contraception to IVF. Case in point: Reps. Scott Fitzgerald, Glenn Grothman, and Mike Gallagher sponsored the Life at Conception Act just last year—an extreme bill that would severely restrict reproductive freedoms for Wisconsin women.

“The decision by the Alabama Supreme Court to put IVF in jeopardy was a direct consequence of Donald Trump’s presidency—and if he’s elected to another term, Wisconsin could be next,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler. “MAGA Republicans—including Wisconsin’s own Scott Fitzgerald, Glenn Grothman, and Mike Gallagher—have already tried to sharply restrict Wisconsinites’ reproductive rights, with no protections for IVF, by co-sponsoring the Life at Conception Act. The GOP is obsessed with inserting itself into the most personal decisions a family can make—and there’s no running from their dangerous anti-freedom record. The only way to defend Wisconsinites’ freedoms to make their own decisions about their bodies, families, and futures is by rejecting Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans at the ballot box.”

MAGA House Republicans support dangerous legislation that would rip away reproductive rights:

  • Just last year, Scott Fitzgerald, Glenn Grothman, and Mike Gallagher co-sponsored the Life at Conception Act, which would radically restrict reproductive freedom without any protections for IVF.

Donald Trump and his MAGA allies want to take this anti-freedom agenda even further:

  • Trump has bragged about restricting the reproductive freedom of millions of women, saying proudly that “I’m the one that got rid of Roe v. Wade.”
  • Trump’s extremist allies are already laying out plans for a nationwide abortion ban, attacks on same-sex marriage, and restrictions on contraception.
  • Trump has long supported a nationwide abortion ban, even saying in a speech to his MAGA supporters that “there of course remains a vital role for the federal government in protecting unborn life. And it’s very important.”
  • Trump has even gone so far as to call for punishing women who have abortions.
  • Trump has claimed credit for every extreme abortion ban passed thanks to his role in overturning Roe v. Wade, and said he was ‘proud’ to have terminated abortion rights.
  • And Trump’s close allies have plans to effectively ban abortion nationwide without the help of Congress. Trump’s allies could even attempt to prosecute doctors and patients for sending or receiving abortion medication in the mail.
  • According to a poll conducted by the firm of Trump’s own longtime advisor, 86% of voters support IVF.
  • Trump appointed an anti-IVF judge to a lifetime federal judicial appointment. He even added her to a list of potential Supreme Court picks.
  • The Trump administration proposed a rule that would have allowed health care workers to refuse IVF to women who were single, LGBTQ+, or in an interfaith relationship.
  • Trump’s White House and campaign hosted the Alabama Supreme Court chief justice who ruled to restrict access to IVF.
  • Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Amy Coney Barrett supported calls to protect life from fertilization and refused to answer questions about criminalizing IVF.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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