Barnes’ ‘Ron Against Roe’ tour takes aim at Johnson on abortion

MADISON, Wis. — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mandela Barnes stopped in Madison Tuesday as part of a tour taking aim at incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson’s position on abortion rights.

During Tuesday’s event, part of Barnes’ “Ron Against Roe” tour, the lieutenant governor and Senate hopeful blasted Johnson as “a senator who is hell-bent on taking peoples’ rights away, hell-bent on moving us backwards as a state, as a county, as a society.”

Johnson has co-sponsored legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. That bill would allow exceptions for rape, incest and to protect the life of the mother.

If elected, Barnes said he would work to end the filibuster in the Senate to codify abortion rights at the federal level.

He also addressed Tuesday morning’s special legislative session that Republican lawmakers gaveled into and out of with no discussion on a proposal that would have begun the process to change the state’s Constitution to allow residents to put forth their own referenda. Proponents have hoped doing so would put abortion rights on the ballot for voters directly.

“Seventy percent of Wisconsinites think that Roe should be law of the land, and for them to gavel in and gavel out is a slap to the face to every person who holds that sacred right here,” Barnes said.

Republicans, meanwhile, have argued Democrats are trying to distract from other issues like rising crime.