Madison, Wisconsin (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday he would not sign a bill that would create exceptions for rape and incest if the state’s 1849 abortion ban was maintained.
Evers faces Republican Tim Michels, who previously supported the 1849 ban position change After winning the Republican primary, he now says, he will sign the bill Granting Exceptions.
Asked at a Rotary Club of Milwaukee event co-hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club and Wispolitics.com, Evers said, “I will not sign because the fundamental law against abortion remains.”
The Wisconsin legislature is dominated by Republicans, some of whom have expressed support for allowing rape and incest exceptions to state laws that came into force after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned them. Law vs WadeThe ruling left it to states to decide whether abortion should be legal.
In keeping with Democrats across the country, Evers Abortion is a central issue The race, which polls show, is nearly even. Polls also show that a majority of Wisconsin voters support legalizing abortion and at least allowing exceptions for rape and incest.
Evers is 2 times called special sessions of Congress seeking to repeal the 1849 ban and create a way to present the issue before the electorate. Republicans rejected both proposals. Evers said on Tuesday that the Wisconsin legislature should codify Roe v. Wade.
Evers also supports a lawsuit brought by Democratic Attorney General Josh Cowl to overturn a state ban that was passed before women had the right to vote and before the Civil War.
In comments before being questioned, Evers repeatedly branded Michels as too “radical” and “dangerous” for the nation. He singled out his longtime support for a complete abortion ban, a position Michelles changed last month.
“Obviously he supports it, he doesn’t even support exceptions for rape and incest,” Evers said of a total ban on abortion.
Anna Kelly, a spokesperson for Michels, did not directly address Evers’ comments regarding the abortion, instead saying, “I’d like to talk to you about something other than his record of failures.”
Evers also cited his comments as Michelle’s objection to so-called red flag laws that allow judges to take guns and other weapons away from people deemed dangerous. doubt the sincerity of the 2020 election. Michelles, unlike other Republicans, is not seeking to revoke recognition of President Joe Biden’s victory. But Michels, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump, says the 2020 election was “probably” stolen, and is unconditionally saying whether to accept the November 8 election results. not.
Biden’s Winning in Wisconsin It has endured multiple reviews, recounts and lawsuits.
Evers, who has vetoed more bills than any other governor in modern Wisconsin history, also touted that he played a role in obstructing the Republican-controlled Congress.Evers also emphasized his promise increase funds For local governments, the move requires parliamentary approval.
Evers also defended his reaction Violent protests in Kenosha In 2020, it erupted after a white police officer shot a black man, Jacob Blake. Michels has hit Evers for his response to the violence, saying he didn’t act quickly enough to quell it.
“I’ve done everything I’ve been asked to do. I’ll do it again if I need to,” Evers said, though he never called the Wisconsin National Guard when requested.
Kelly, a spokesperson for the Michelles, accused Evers of calling the protests “civil upheaval,” accusing him of minimizing what happened.
Michels also accuses Evers of allowing state parole boards to parole convicted murderers and others.When asked about parole, Evers deflected criticism by pointing out that the decision to grant parole was up to a commission operating independently of him, not the governor. there is Called to Evers Suspend all paroles and pardons.
Michels was invited to a similar event to ask questions ahead of the election but did not respond, said former Milwaukee Press Club president Cory Hess. I did not answer the question as to whether
Evers and Michels first and only discussion before Friday’s election.