All of This

[Content Note: Reproductive rights, violence]

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin president and CEO Teri Huyck, writing in yesterday's Capital Times (Madison):
Less than one week after being circulated for legislative sponsors, two bills, AB 216 and AB 217, seeking to limit women’s access to birth control and abortion had a hearing before the state Assembly Committee on Health. Five additional proposals seeking to limit women’s access to abortion are currently pending, on top of a state budget proposal that will end BadgerCare coverage for tens of thousands of women making over $11,490, drastically limiting their access to birth control and cancer screens. At the same time, the state trial began in Dane County Circuit Court against Ralph Lang, who has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly intending to kill doctors who provide abortion services. At the core of all these actions is a drive to end women’s access to safe and legal reproductive health care regardless of the health implications and costs to taxpayers.

So yeah, in the state capitol legislators are debating whether to 'preserve freedom' from having to provide access to reproductive healthcare, while two blocks away an "activist" [sic] is going on trial for planning to assassinate healthcare providers at southern Wisconsin Planned Parenthood offices. Neat!

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