Walker's Wisconsin – Eye on Rowe V Wade

Today, every woman has a right to chose an abortion under the Constitution

Yet today, Republicans across the country are ignoring that basic right..and getting away with it!

Governor Walker has sights on the 2016 Presidential Campaign, and he is following the lead of other republican candidates to secure his base on the issue of a woman’s right not to choose to have an abortion. Perhaps, this time his myopic political ambitions will finally abort his effort. In the process, if you can forgive the cliche, he and his GOP legislators, are throwing the baby our with with bathwater. The target in Wisconsin and nationwide is Planned Parenthood Health Services, and to be clear, the organization is not “Planned Parenthood Abortion Services”. Termination of pregnancy is a very small slice of the pie of the health services the organization provides for women.

Planned Parenthood Clinics Closing Statewide

The message from Planned Parenthood web site:

After years of dedicated service to the community, we are letting you know about some unfortunate changes impacting Planned Parenthood’s service in Beaver Dam, Chippewa Falls, Johnson Creek, and Shawano. Due to Governor Walker’s and the state Legislature’s elimination of state funding to Planned Parenthood to support our patient care in the last budget cycle, we will be closing four health centers in 2013.Planned Parenthood

Governor Walkerglick_Dolbeare who fathered a child while a student at Marquette University and abandoned the mother, puts his signature to the law destined to close clinics with a mission to help women in the situation he avoided.

Dr. Bernadette Gillick was the college roommate of the woman who was Scott Walker’s girl friend in the late 1980’s. She came forward with the account of Governor Scott Walker’s abandonment of his girl friend when she became pregnant with his child. (picture right is a photo from “The Hilltop year book archive” of Jennifer Lowe holding her one year old daughter while she was a student at Marquette. (Dr. Gillick used “Ruth” is a pseudo name for Scott Walker’s abandoned girl friend)

Dr.Bernadette Gillick was with Ruth in the hospital for the birth of her child later that year (and says Walker was not present), and later stood up as a bridesmaid in Ruth’s 1992 marriage to another man. She says Walker eventually had to concede that he was the father, after the birth and paternity test.
– It was a “horrible time” for her friend. “Imagine her being 18 years old and pregnant, walking around Marquette’s Jesuit Catholic campus with her boyfriend denying he was the father,”

Services Offered

Birth Control
Emergency Contraception (Morning After Pill)
General Health Care
HIV Testing
LGBT Services
Men’s Health Care
Pregnancy Testing & Services
STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines
Women’s Health Care

Clinics Closed or Closing

Beaver Dam – will close on June 14, 2013

Chippewa Falls – will close on May 17, 2013

Johnson Creek – will close on July 19, 2013

Shawano – will close on April 19, 2013

The funny thing is, the four closing clinics didn’t even provide abortion services (using federal or state funds for abortions is verboten, anyway); they were just unlucky enough to lose the funds needed to provide basic women’s health care to ladies in their communities.Shuttering Clinics

Notice that the clinics closed did not even provide abortion services

Most the services provided the women of Wisconsin through Planned Parenthood – have nothing to do with abortion. Now, does the cliche “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” make more sense? The legislation to curtail funding any health services provided by Planned Parenthood is just plan cruel, ignorant, and counter productive. Look at the pie chart below which gives a visual proportional slice of all of the health services provided. Abortion is a very small slice of the whole pie (3%) and in the case of the four Wisconsin clinics closed under Walker’s signature there was no slice at all – they did not offer abortion services!


It is politically naive to assume that those who would make abortion illegal have much compassion for what it is like to be a pregnant woman. Scott Walker has already run away from that responsibility of readily admitting paternity when he was a student. He just “Walkered out”. Male legislators in Texas provide a more recent example of the “Walkered out” compassion for women, by pounding through legislation that leaves only two abortion providing clinics in the whole “lone clinic” state.

Clearly the mission is to repeal Roe V Wade

The new headline is: “Wisconsin Lawmakers’ bill seeks to define fetuses and zygotes as ‘people’ in the state Constitution” Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) wants to drop the word ‘born’ from this line in the Constitution, “All people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…”

Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) wants to drop the word “born” from that part of the constitution, so it begins, “All people are equally free and independent.” He also wants to add a sentence to the constitution that says, “As applied to the right to life, the terms ‘people’ and ‘person’ shall apply to every human being at any stage of development.”

Jacque said he was trying to fix a “loophole” in the state constitution and make a pre-emptive strike against potential future court action. It is meant to preserve a decades-old statute that bans abortion.

That law has been rendered unenforceable by court rulings, but Jacque and other abortion opponents hope to see it automatically revived if the U.S. Supreme Court reverses its 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that found women have a constitutional right to choose abortion.Lawmakers’ bill seeks to give fetuses right to life

Does this give a clue to where this is going?

Jacque’s proposal has less hope than a sperm in a fry pan of surviving to form even a zygote’s dream of hope for a future. The point is that he and his republican zealots are going there, and if it isn’t obvious from all the new anti women legislation being enacted across the country, we must understand how the strategy is to build a case to go up the ladder for the Supreme Court to review Roe V Wade.

After the recent decision on the voting rights act in a 5-4 ruling, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, ruled in Shelby County v. Holder that “things have changed dramatically” in the South in the nearly 50 years since the Voting Rights Act was signed in 1965.

Rowe V Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973 would the “things have changed dramatically” argument hold for the same five Justices if it were reviewed today? Now, is the time for attention and strategy.


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