MADISON, Wis. - Republican lawmakers and abortion opponents are calling on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to sign four abortion bills he's promised to veto.
Supporters of the measures held a rally in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, while lawmakers signed copies of the bills that passed earlier this month. That step is a formality typically done in private that results in the bills being sent to the governor.
The Capitol rotunda is now packed with supporters of the four GOP anti-abortion bills. They say they’re rallying to send a message to @GovEvers not to veto the four measures, which he’s already promised to do. #news3now pic.twitter.com/6LRCfLUTp2— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) June 20, 2019
Abortion rights advocates dressed as characters from "The Handmaids Tale" held signs in opposition and watched from a balcony above.
The bills have passed both houses of the Legislature.
The bills would require medical attention for babies born alive after an abortion attempt, changes information available to women about the abortion pill, prevents abortions from being performed based on race, sex or disability and prohibits the Wisconsin Department of Health Services from certifying medical providers who provide abortion services.
Republican lawmakers supporting the measures have said the measures will protect unborn children, while Democratic lawmakers have said the measures are unnecessary and redundant and will prevent access to medical care for women.
Evers' spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff says he remains committed to vetoing the measures.
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