La Crosse area politicians and candidates react to abortion ruling
LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down abortion as a constitutional right continue to pour in. Here’s what those holding or running for public office closer to home have said so far.
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D)
“A militant Supreme Court majority overturned Roe and nearly 50 years of precedent, stripping away the constitutional rights of American women to make their own personal choices about their bodies, health, and families. The Republicans brought women back to Wisconsin in 1849 and it is the Republicans who want to keep us there by arguing that politicians are interfering in the freedoms of women who will now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers had had for decades. I ask people to join this fight with their voices and their votes because we will not be taken back, we will move forward.
Senator Ron Johnson (right)
“Today is a victory for life and for those who fought for decades to protect the unborn child. For nearly fifty years, the ruling of nine unelected judges prevented the formation of a democratic consensus on the profound moral issue of abortion. This ruling will now allow that democratic process to take place in every state to determine when society has a responsibility to protect life. Hopefully, the debate will be conducted with sincerity, compassion and respect for the wide range of people’s opinions.
Derrick Van Orden (R) Candidate for 3rd Congressional District
“I believe every child is a child of God, and today’s decision is a major milestone for the sanctity of life.”
Congressman Ron Kind (D) 3rd Congressional District
“For nearly half a century, women have been able to make personal decisions about their reproductive health, their lives and their futures without government interference. The removal of this fundamental right will have devastating consequences for women and families across the country. Today’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade means millions of women will live with fewer freedoms than their mothers and grandmothers, and puts every American’s right to privacy on shaky ground. We cannot go back. Last year I voted to codify the rights protected by Roe v. Wade and the Senate must act urgently to do the same.
Rep. Jill Billings (D) 95th Assembly District
“Conservative hardliners on the United States Supreme Court today overturned the 50-year-old precedent of Roe v. Wade, leading to the restriction of the right to bodily autonomy for more than 50% of Americans. Action by this Court will not reduce the number of abortions that occur in Wisconsin and our country, but rather will make abortion more difficult to access and less safe. The decision if and when to start a family is one of the most personal decisions one can make. Politicians and Supreme Court Justices have no place in these personal health care decisions. It is vital that we end Wisconsin’s archaic 1849 criminal abortion ban. It is absolutely shameful that Republican lawmakers on Wednesday ignored the will of the people of Wisconsin and snubbed the governor’s special session on reproductive freedom. Their inaction, coupled with today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court, will have serious and lasting consequences for the health and freedom of our friends, families, neighbors and communities. I will not stop fighting until the right to access comprehensive reproductive health care in Wisconsin is restored.
Patrick Testin (R) 24th Senate District
“After nearly fifty years and more than 63 million lives lost to abortion, the United States Supreme Court has finally turned the page on a sad chapter in American history. Abortion is not health care; it is not birth control. It is the taking of a human life. I will do my part to ensure that Wisconsin values and affirms life at all stages.
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