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Every day we're becoming Wississippi.  Soon we'll have Mississippi style anti-abortion laws and a Virginia style ultrasound law.

Several bills are quickly making their way through the Republican dominated Wisconsin State Legislature which will restrict or eliminate abortion rights.  Republicans have already stripped funding from Planned Parenthood despite the fact that the vast majority of services they provide are for general women's health care like cancer screenings.

An abortion clinic in Appleton — one of four in the state — could shut down under a bill likely coming before the Senate on Tuesday that mandates admitting privileges for abortion clinic doctors at nearby hospitals.

The bill is one several abortion measures moving quickly through the state Legislature this week.

Aside from requiring the Mississippi-style admitting priviledges, the bill also mandates a Virginia style ultrasound before an abortion.

Planned Parenthood's Nicole Safar says that physicians won't be able to obtain those priviledges, even if granted by nearby hospitals, in the time frame Republicans are following to ram the bill through and enact it into law.  She believes that their Appleton facility will need to close leaving only 3 others in the entire state.  Planned Parenthood operates 2 other clinics, one in Milwaukee and the other in Madison with another facility in Milwaukee operated by Affiiated Medical Services.

Patients in northern and western Wisconsin who require abortions currently need to drive for several hours to reach an abortion clinic.  The closure of the Appleton clinic would force those in the northeastern part of the state to travel even further to either Madison in south central Wisconsin or Milwaukee in southeastern Wisconsin.

Admitting privilege requirements have threatened to shutter abortion clinics in other states. In Mississippi, the state's only abortion clinic may have to close because of a law similar to what is being proposed in Wisconsin. A job ad in large bold type is featured on the Jackson (Miss.) Women's Health Organization's website asking for physicians with admitting privileges to apply. In September, the clinic applied to about seven nearby hospitals but was rejected by all of them.

"The law is unfair; it was done just to close us down," said Betty Thompson, who is a counselor at the Mississippi clinic. The clinic is still open because the law is being appealed in the courts.

Yes, that law is coming here, too.

Republicans did amend the bill to remove the requirement for a transvaginal ultrasound despite severe opposition by Republican State Senate Right to Lifers (i.e. pro-birth, then you're on your own, kiddo) who claimed that an abdominal ultrasound may not show the fetal heartbeat in a very early pregnancy.  The ultrasound bill is named Sonyas Law after a woman says that having an ultrasound and "seeing" the fetal heart beat made her change her mind about having an abortion.

Hmmmm, I don't like the union busting Republicans have been doing.  Perhaps I'll have someone write a bill for Puddytats Law which will mandate labor unions in every workplace in Wisconsin.  After all, if Sonyas "experience", even if this is a true story and she even exists, can create legislation, how about an old, mangy Puddytat doing the same?

Of course the forced birth Republicans are beating their chests about this on RW media here in the state for the GOP loving crowd.  For the rest of the unwashed masses, they're crowing about how they're only concerned about "womens health and safety" and that those who have become pregnant through rape or incest (as long as it was promptly reported to police) won't have to suffer the expense and indignity of the new ultrasound requirement.  

Don't expect too many people in Wisconsin to know about these fast-tracked bills anytime soon.  I found out about these things on a RW radio site (I look so you don't have to) and the Journal Sentinel article may have been online only (buried deeply in the "politics" section - I found it only through a search).  Yup, our media, on the job promoting the GOP and hiding their extremism.

Planned Parenthood is holding a rally in Madison over the legislation rapidly moving through the State Legislature.  I will be surprised if there's any local or statewide coverage.


Addendum:  I was a new nurse in the days before Roe vs. Wade made abortion legal (and safe).  I've seen women die from septic abortion.  I remember the times when septic abortion was among the top 5 causes of death of women.  I WILL NOT RETURN TO THOSE DAYS.  NO MORE BACK ALLEY ABORTIONS.  NO MORE COAT HANGERS.

Originally posted to Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:15 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, Abortion, and Pro Choice.

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  •  Surprising... (8+ / 0-)

    That they've waited this long.

    This won't help Walker at the polls next November.

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:26:48 PM PDT

    •  Not surprising at all (6+ / 0-)

      The last thing they needed in 2011 was another extremist bill when State Senators and Walker himself were under recall.  They also didn't hold the majority in the State Senate during the last part of that session either.

      They bought their majorities in both houses in the last election so the extremism continues.  They need to get all their onerous crap done this year so voters forget by 2014 and they can buy their seats back again.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:30:39 PM PDT

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      •  Good points (4+ / 0-)
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        Puddytat, phonegery, elwior, Stude Dude

        I thought we'd be a right-to-work-for-less state with the death penalty by now. I think the Madison uprising and the backlash that Kasich faced in Ohio must have scared Walker.

        We have a good chance to beat Walker. Not so sure about the legislature given the ridiculous gerrymandering, however.

        The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

        by Korkenzieher on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:08:13 PM PDT

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      •  You'd think that they'd be better off waiting (2+ / 0-)
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        Puddytat, myboo

        a year and a half until after the 2014 election.
           But then again, they control both houses and the state house now and may not again. So they do it now hoping people's memories are short.
          One thing you gotta say about the Repubs is that whenm they get into power, they're not shy in using it.

        "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

        by elwior on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:25:27 PM PDT

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        •  Despite their optimistic fancy talk (3+ / 0-)
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          our state economy is in the tank because of Walker and GOP austerity.  The 2014 election is far from a certain win - particularly if the Dems get their act together and a good opponent for Walker steps forward.

          For them it's now or never.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:29:30 PM PDT

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    •  The "admitting privileges" thing (4+ / 0-)
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      is also blasting through the Ohio legislature, as part of the "budget" bill, a real travesty. It must be an ALEC thing , it's so coordinated. They are very close to making it impossible for women without money to get an abortion, short of going to a back alley. Look for the number of Dr. Gosnells to explode. It's all about punishing women for being poor and female and daring to have sex.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:27:02 PM PDT

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      •  It's all a coordinated attack (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm not sure if it's ALEC or just pandering to the RTL crowd in advance of elections.  As fast as this thing is marching through the Legislature, I'm surprised it's not getting attention (except that it's a hidden story).

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:30:54 PM PDT

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        •  ALEC supports this, right-to-life zealots promote (1+ / 0-)
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          ALEC boilerplate originates from the wealthy, greedy privateers, and corporate plutocrats. There isn't any money to be made by banning abortion. So ALEC has little interest in this.

          Some of the individuals who drive the anti-choice attacks participate in ALEC and the rabid right religious organizations.

          So yes, it's ALEC, sort of.

          "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

          by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:35:15 PM PDT

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      •  I don't think ALEC cares. At least not now. (2+ / 0-)
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        Puddytat, GrumpyOldGeek

        A little google search shows that they were once deep into the anti-abortion and anti-Equal Rights Amendment groups, now not so much - they got taken over by the corporatists.

        some of the organization's corporate sponsors had grown uncomfortable with its activism on social issues. They quoted a corporate government affairs officer (who asked not to be identified) as saying: "We like ALEC's conservatism and pro-business attitude. But abortion, school prayer, and the like are just not issues for us. We nod and accept the rest of it but we aren't supportive of it. You have to grin and bear it."  
        My impression is that right now they are in it for the $$$$$. Privatize all forms of government for their own personal enrichment, and take away from the citizens the tools to keep corporations in check. Put us all in perpetual thralldom to our corporate overlords.

        To them, abortion is a sideshow, a distraction from the real agenda.

  •  But they are not even pro-life in the fetus stage (10+ / 0-)

    stage either.  If they were, they would mandate free pre-natal health care, labor and delivery care and then well baby care.  Mr PK and I were talking about this last night and we said we could give some respect to this so-called pro-life philosophy if they would be consistent with their beliefs:  making sure all pregnant women had access to prenatal care, free L&D hospitalization; thee years maternity leave and a child stipend until the child is 18y/o and then college if s/he chooses that route.

    Now that would be a "pro-life" stand that I could at least believe has some logic and consistency to it.

    These laws do not respect women or babies; it is all about power to the man (literally and figuratively).

  •  god speed to you and the pro choice team (5+ / 0-)

    the hypocrites can talk about women's health all they want but it's a lie.  We know it's a lie.

    Is there any evidence at all that lack of admitting privileges anywhere has adversely impacted on an abortion patient's health?  Anywhere?  

    I tend to assume that clinics are all in places where there is an ER, eg Appleton - so what is the forced birthers' winge about?  Wimmen making their own decisions (the horror, the horror) or what?

  •  The women of Wisconsin and the rest of the country (9+ / 0-)

    need to get angry and get involved to stop these assaults on our reproductive freedom. The Republicans will not stop; we have to stop them. This is not only abortion that they are targeting, but access to women's health care and birth control. I am past childbearing age myself, but worry about younger women who won't have the same reproductive freedom that I had. And as stated in this diary, it is happening so quickly and without adequate media coverage, so many young women don't appreciate how precarious this situation is.

    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. - President John F. Kennedy

    by laurel g 15942 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:02:23 PM PDT

    •  Likely this will need national media attention (5+ / 0-)
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      Our state and local media are all corporate owned and only report on favorable GOP news and propaganda.  Their coverage of the 2011 protests was atrocious and any less than courteous actions of protesters was widely covered as thuggery.

      This legislation isn't covered - as I said I wasn't even aware of it until I looked at RW sites.  People in this state know nothing.  If they did, I would expect massive crowds in Madison again.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:12:14 PM PDT

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    •  Women packed the Ohio legislature (4+ / 0-)
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      There has been demonstration after demonstration. Not one hearing has occurred without blowback.

      They DON'T CARE. They aren't listening. And the state is so gerrymandered they can get away with it — and it doesn't matter what 80% or 90% of the women in Ohio want.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:32:39 PM PDT

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  •  It was April, 2012, Appleton Planned Parenthood (2+ / 0-)
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    was firebombed by an anti-choice nutjob. The perpetrator was identified and apprehended reasonably quickly.

    This is not the first legislative attack on abortion providers in Wisconsin. The firebomb attack was thought to be inspired by the attempt to ban sex education in Wisconsin. This time it's modeled after the peripheral licensing issues. I don't recall if they've tried the zoning or building code restriction approach.

    This attack on women won't end until Emperor Snotty Wanker is ousted. Those who support these holier-than-thou autocrats ought to be required to watch someone die from septic shock.

    I sincerely mean this. I thank you, Puddytat, for sharing your very real experience and history of those times before and after Roe v. Wade. There aren't many people who have witnessed the horror and agony that lingers for days before someone finally dies as a result of sepsis. If a young woman is to die from a botched back room abortion, bleeding to death would be a blessing.

    Many people scoff at the coat hanger terminology. It's literally a coat hanger abortion. It's real. What kind of device would you think of in order to scrape the inside of a uterus? Again, it's not a euphemism or an exaggeration. A wire coat hanger twisted and bent into a primitive tool that might actually do the job. Or cause serious permanent damage or death.

    As I watch the riots in Istanbul, my first thoughts were that this could easily be Madison. Keep up the overreach, Snotty. There is a threshold and a tipping point. It has happened before and it can happen again. The long, hot days of summer will be upon us soon.

    No, I don't want that to happen, of course. But I can't help thinking that the tyranny happening in my beloved Wisconsin is pushing the people closer and closer to desperation and action.


    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:26:46 PM PDT

    •  The big problem, of course, (1+ / 0-)
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      is that people don't know about this.  Unlike what happened in Virginia and even Mississippi that had national attention, Wisconsinites are in the dark about this.  Our corporate media gladly publishes Walkers memes and talking points, but the very real and very scary things going on in our state get little to no mention.

      The only people that know about this going on are the listeners to RW radio and those who visit those sites.  

      And our rotten media is one of the biggest reasons Walker "won" recall.  Of course gerrymandering is the reason Republicans have control of our Legislature.  

      Money and media will keep Republicans in power for a long long time.  The Kochs are trying to buy up the decent national newspapers so they can shut them up as well.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:37:49 PM PDT

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  •  Im no christian (1+ / 0-)
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    But how can so called christians be able to treat the poor the way they do?

    •  It's easy for them (2+ / 0-)
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      Starting in the late 1970s and gaining in popularity in the 80s and beyond was a RW form of Christianity based on what they themselves call the Prosperity Gospel.  Of course, it's BS, but they sold it widely to the more fundamentalist churches in the country (I left my own when it started being preached).

      Basically it goes back to an old Judean belief that existed through the time of Jesus.  People believed that if you were prosperous, it was because God blessed you.  If you were poor, sick, or disabled it was because you or your family were sinners and you were being punished.

      Jesus tried to put an end to it during his lifetime by healing the sick and reminding them that they weren't sinners.  He also talked about the paradise that awaited the poor and sick "in My Fathers house".

      So, according to the Prosperity Gospel, the Koch Brothers and WalMart heirs are cloaked in Godliness and poor people, sick people, and disabled people are poor, sick, and disabled because they or their parents are sinful, undeserving, and are bieing punished for their sins.

      Yeah, it's BS, but RWrs love it.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 07:00:10 PM PDT

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      •  2014? (1+ / 0-)
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        I love your diaries and am sure that we will see another Speedbusters or Dirty Dining segment before we get a report on the lastest radical bills from Madison.  This is even more appalling since it is generally Republicans from suburban Milwaukee bringing all this crap up.  I was wondering if you had any thoughts on what is going on as far as Democratic candidate in 2014.  I never loved Ron Kind but believed he could be competitive.  I like Barca but don't think he would stand a chance.  Getting more depressed that 2014 will be repeat of 2010- bring me off my NW Milwaukee ledge.  Thanks again for your diaries.

        •  Ron Kind would be a disaster (0+ / 0-)

          He's a Blue Dog with further political ambition and has been going around the state glad handing and drooling with anticipation.  Barca will stay in the Assembly - he's a good guy but really doesn't want or need the statewide hassle of a run for Governor.

          And Barrett is out - he's said so publicly and that's good.  He was a lousy candidate who failed, over and over again, to point out why Walker needed to be recalled (he never once talked about collective bargaining or the slashes to programs for the poor and disabled).

          There's the Kathleen Vineholt supporters encouraging her to run, but that candidacy will go nowhere because she's almost as pro-birth as Walker.  Yes, she'll get the anti-Walker vote, but activists and progressives won't back her with time or money.

          Nobody for sure is stepping forward now, but someone should get the jump on 2014 soon as Tammy Badwin did for her 2012 victory for the US Senate.  She has shown demonstrably that progressives with a progressive agenda WIN statewide.  Offering up more weakling Democrats will only lead to further losses.

          We need a solid progressive to defeat Walker and a whole bunch of progressives for legislative office.  It's the only way to win.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 09:56:45 PM PDT

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          •  Kind said that he likely won't run against Walker (1+ / 0-)
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            Additionally, Feingold said that he won't be a candidate for public office in 2014 and hinted at a run for his old Senate seat in 2016.

            DPW chair Mike Tate said right before the DPW convention that several "good people" were looking at a run against Walker, but refused to provide names.

            "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

            by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 04:50:44 AM PDT

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  •  Believe it or not (1+ / 0-)
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    I just saw story about this bill on the 10pm news.  About 20 seconds worth....first time I have seen the MSM actually reporting on anything.  A GOP War on Women?  No, nothing to see here....

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 08:24:02 PM PDT

    •  Unreal! (0+ / 0-)

      What channel had it on?  It's amazing that any of this sees the light of day until the damnable thing is signed (Wis GOP doesn't want another "Virginia" here with Walker being renamed Governor Ultrasound).

      Rachel Maddow had this on her show tonight, as well, which is a good thing.  She focused on this stuff coming out in several states, including Wisconsin.  Hope you saw it or can view it online at the MSNBC site.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 09:43:32 PM PDT

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  •  Not old and mangy.... cantankerous perhaps.... (0+ / 0-)

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:34:44 PM PDT

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