From Yahoo News
Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one week after launching his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, signed a bill Monday that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Abortion is a core issue for the conservative Republican base whose support Walker will seek as he tries to stand out in a crowded presidential field that also includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and billionaire Donald Trump.
While Walker has a long history of opposing abortions, it’s an issue where he could be targeted by rivals: Just nine months ago he ran a television ad during his gubernatorial re-election campaign where he expressed support for a bill that would leave abortion decisions between a woman and her doctor.
Walker’s record includes defunding Planned Parenthood; requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, a law currently blocked by a federal court judge; and requiring women to have ultrasounds and be shown images of the fetus before having an abortion.
Walker last year, during his re-election campaign, refused to say last year whether he would support a 20-week abortion ban.
But in the face of questions from anti-abortion conservatives over his commitment to the issue in the light of the campaign ad, Walker in March came out in support of the 20-week abortion ban.
“The truth is that Scott Walker lied to Wisconsin voters when he was elected governor after saying that abortion is between a woman and her doctor,” said Sasha Bruce with NARAL Pro-Choice America, a leading abortion rights advocacy group. “Now, in an effort to win the votes of the extreme base of the Republican Party, Walker has traded the health and well-being of women and families to score cheap political points.”
The governor’s signature makes Wisconsin the 15th state to pass similar bans. There is no exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest.
The new law — which cleared the Legislature without any Democratic support — is expected to be challenged in court. Walker, speaking with reporters after the bill signing, said he was confident it would survive any legal challenge, calling the five-month ban a “reasonable standard.”
“For people, regardless of where they might stand, when an unborn child can feel pain I think most people feel it’s appropriate to protect that child,” Walker said.
But Kaylie Hanson, speaking for the Democratic National Committee, said the new law was nothing more than a “timely favor” for the Republican base days after Walker joined the presidential race.
“The harsh reality is that this law will hurt women, as it puts up barriers to care for rape and incest survivors – no exceptions – and threatens the health of the mother,” Hanson said in a statement. “This law doesn’t only undermine the most basic women’s health services. It’s radical, dangerous, and lacks respect for half the population of Wisconsin.”
Bans on abortion after 20 weeks are popular, at least on the surface. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted in November of 2014 found that 6 in 10 Americans support banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape or incest.
On the other hand, a 2012 CNN/ORC poll found the vast majority of Americans — more than 8 in 10 — said abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest.
An Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in January and February found that 51 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 45 percent think it should be illegal in most or all cases.
Under the new Wisconsin law, doctors who perform an abortion at or after 20 weeks in non-emergency situations could be charged with a felony punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and 3½ years in prison. Doctors could also be sued for damages.
Doctors would be allowed to perform abortions beyond 20 weeks only if the mother is likely to die or suffer irreversible injuries within 24 hours.
The law’s supporters say fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks. They say the ban will spare those unborn children an excruciatingly painful death. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, however, says fetuses can’t feel pain until the third trimester starts at 27 weeks. Minority Democrats have complained that Republicans should leave women alone and let them decide how to handle their own bodies.
Abortions after 20 weeks are rare in Wisconsin. According to the most recent state Department of Health Services information, 89 of nearly 6,500 abortions performed in Wisconsin in 2013, or roughly 1 percent, occurred after the 20-week mark.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision established a nationwide right to abortion but allowed states to restrict the procedures after the fetus reaches viability, the point where it could survive outside the womb. The ruling offered no legal definition of viability but said it could range from the 24th to 28th week of pregnancy.
Courts have blocked bans in Georgia, Idaho and Arizona. Litigation in other states is ongoing. A federal appellate court in May struck down Arkansas’ ban on abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, finding that prohibition unconstitutionally burdens women.
I’m glad that Walker did this! I know of babies who were born at this stage and survived!! The American Congress of OB/Gyn’s are full of crap when they say fetuses can’t feel pain until 27 weeks! All of the nerve endings are there. Everything is working order and the fetus is just in the growing stage.
To me this just says ” We want to do abortions up to 20 weeks cuz it’s easier to harvest those tissues of the fetus when it’s bigger, so we can make more monies”!
IMHO….no abortions should be performed after 12 weeks. …unless there is an emergency where the mother’s life is in jeopardy. I’m sure that most women know they are pregnant after being raped or in an incest situation way before 20 weeks and they should have decided quickly on how they were going to handle that.
Walker didn’t lie! Women still have the right to terminate their pregnancies…just not after 20 weeks!
Too bad the women who elect to have an abortion also don’t get told that there are risks with the procedure and they should be informed of what those are! Early abortions that are not complicated by infection do not cause infertility or make it more difficult to carry a later pregnancy to term. Complications associated with an abortion or having many abortions may make it difficult to have children. First trimester abortion ( twelve weeks) is considered minor surgery. The risk of complications for the woman increases with advancing gestational age of the fetus. To learn more about the methods of abortion and when each is used, click here.
Risks of surgical abortion include:
- Damage to the cervix . This happens in less than 1% of first trimester ( 12 weeks) abortions. ( risk of never being able to have children)
- Uterine perforation (accidentally putting a hole in the uterus with one of the instruments used). The reported rate is 1 out of every 500 abortions. Depending on the severity, perforation can lead to infection, heavy bleeding or both. Surgery may be required to repair the uterine tissue, and in the most severe cases hysterectomy may be required. ( risk of never having children)
- Excessive bleeding ( risk of bleeding out and dying)
- Infection of the uterus or fallopian tubes .Infection rates are less than 1% for suction curettage, 1.5 % for D&E, and 5% for labor induction. ( risk of never being able to conceive!)
- Scarring of the inside of the uterus ( risk of never having children)
- Reaction to the medicines or anesthesia, such as problems breathing. As with other surgical procedures, anesthesia increases the risk of complications associated with abortion. The reported risks of anesthesia-related complications is around 1 per 5,000 abortions. ( risk of dying)
- Not removing all of the tissue, with the need for another procedure. Incomplete abortion may result in infection and bleeding. The reported rate of such complications is less than 1% after a D&E; whereas, following a labor induction procedure, the rate may be as high as 36%.( doubling your risk of any of the above)
- Blood clots in the uterus: Blood clots that cause severe cramping occur in about 1% of all abortions. The clots usually are removed by a repeat suction curettage.
- Rh Immune Globulin Therapy: Genetic material found on the surface of red blood cells is known as the Rh Factor. If a woman and her fetus have different Rh factors, she must receive medication to prevent the development of antibodies that would endanger future pregnancies. LONG-TERM MEDICAL RISKS
The more I hear about Walker…the more I like him!