Republicans oppose intrusive government? Don’t make me laugh!


This past Friday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a measure that effectively shuts down two of the state’s four abortion clinics and requires women to undergo an ultrasound before they get an abortion.

HERE‘s Steve Benen’s take on the matter:

Walker will now require women undergo a medically unnecessary procedure before exercising their constitutional rights. What if a woman doesn’t want the ultrasound? Too bad; her governor is imposing one on her anyway. What if her physician says there’s no need for an ultrasound? It doesn’t matter; Republican politicians in Wisconsin have decided to put themselves between patients and their doctors.

This, we’re told, is the result of sensible policymaking from advocates of limited government.

But the way in which the Wisconsin governor signed this legislation into law adds insult to injury (in this case, almost literally). Scott Walker could have approved the measure in any number of ways, but he chose to do so privately, over the course of a holiday weekend, when the governor apparently thought it’d generate less attention.

There is, in other words, a degree of cowardice here — if Walker thought he was doing the right thing, signing a measure with broad support into law, he wouldn’t have been reduced to hiding.

The new state law takes effect today. Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed suit in federal court. “The purpose and effect of the requirement, which is wholly unnecessary and unreasonable, is to impose a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking abortion prior to viability, in violation of their constitutional right to privacy,” lawyers for the groups said in the complaint.


1 Comment

  1. Neftali

    For once, I agree with Benen. Forced ultrasounds are pointless, will cost taxpayers more money, and are probably unconstitutional. Being that having an abortion is a legal, shutting the clinics down is also a massive intrusion of big government.

    That said, there has been a push lately from Republicans from various states to pass laws to limit abortions to 20 weeks. (Most famously in Texas.) Liberals are protesting heavily against this, but it’s the right thing to do. 5 months is more than enough to time to terminate a pregnancy. I believe around this time is when a fetus can start to feel pain. If you haven’t made up your mind by then, its too late. Honestly, I don’t even understand what the fuss is even about about wanting to preserve abortion rights for the 2nd trimester.

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