Evers promises clemency for abortion providers at La Crosse rally

Evers Speaking In La Crosse
Gov. Tony Evers speaks at a pro-abortion rights rally in La Crosse June 25, 2022.

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers said he will grant clemency to any abortion providers who are convicted under the state’s 1849 abortion ban, during a rally Saturday ahead of the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention in La Crosse.

“I will provide clemency to any physician that is charged under that law,” Evers said. “This is absolutely critical.”

That is one of the few unilateral steps the Democratic governor can take to block the effect of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday decision to overturn the precedent set by Roe v. Wade.

Anticipating the decision weeks ago, the governor called the Legislature into special session Wednesday to repeal the state’s abortion ban, but the session was gaveled-out by Republican leaders without debate on the bill.

“I have seven grandkids that are girls or young women,” Evers said. “Yesterday they were ever made second-class citizens.”

Democrats said they want to turn that frustration into political energy. One of the top targets for them is Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson who will be on the ballot this November.

“Roe v. Wade is on the ballot,” said Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, “and every voter we have to exhort them to look to this issue — you stand with Wisconsin women and America’s women or not. Please send me a Democratic partner in the US Senate.”

This comes ahead of the Democratic Party convention this weekend. Saturday night speakers are expected to include members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation and Evers.