Evers, Democrats hold event on abortions during national week of action

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MADISON, Wis. — Democrats, including Gov. Tony Evers, spoke to voters and media during a pro-abortion rights event in Madison Wednesday.

The event coincided with a national “Defend Choice” week of action, according to a release from the state party.

“We are at a critical time. I have never heard so much anger and concern on any issue,” Evers said. “That’s what happens when overnight you take away — and make every woman in the state of Wisconsin, including all seven of my granddaughters, second-class citizens.”

Evers added that he is optimistic about a lawsuit being filed by Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul, who is on the ballot this November like Evers, which seeks to throw out Wisconsin’s 1800s abortion ban. The suit argues that laws passed since then assuming abortion is legal should take precedent.

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“We believe we can win this one,” Evers said.

The event came as a continued push by Democrats to make abortion a central issue in the campaign. Republicans are expected to outperform Democrats this fall due to traditional cycles that favor the president’s opposition party in the midterms, but Democrats hope the issue could stem some of the losses.

Republicans are also making abortion a central campaign issue. When asked about Republican candidate Rebecca Kleefisch calling Evers’ and Democrats’ position on abortion radical, the governor responded, “what the hell is her proposal?”

“The only thing I’ve heard so far is she’s really cool with what… the US Supreme Court said,” he said. “My proposal is to make sure that the women have the right that they’ve had for the last 50 years.”

The event also comes on the heels of a state Supreme Court decision last week that throws out the use of ballot drop boxes. Some Republicans seeking to unseat Evers have called for the state to explore decertifying the 2020 election results because drop boxes were used — something that lawyers say is impossible.

Other Republicans have argued that the Republican-controlled Legislature should be the final decider of who wins presidential elections in Wisconsin — regardless of the results of the popular vote.

“I firmly believe what you’ll see if a Republican ends up as as governor of the state of Wisconsin, which they won’t, is that we will see elections change to the point where the Legislature makes the final decision and that should scare the living crap out of everybody in this room,” Evers said.