Scott Walker has been waging a war on women since becoming governor of Wisconsin. He has scrapped pay equality laws. He has also passed a law requiring women to get a medically unnecessary, intrusive ultrasound if they want an abortion.
He also passed a law requiring doctors that perform abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital, y'know, because he cares so much. Sadly for Walker, this law was found to be unconstitutional:
In his ruling, Conley wrote that the “marginal benefit to women’s health” by requiring hospital admitting privileges “is substantially outweighed by the burden this requirement will have on women’s health outcomes due to restricted access to abortions in Wisconsin.”
“While the court agrees with the State that sometimes it is necessary to reduce access to ensure safety, this is decidedly not one of those instances,” Conley wrote. “In particular, the State has failed to meet its burden of demonstrating through credible evidence a link between the admitting privileges requirement and a legitimate health interest.”
In a statement, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union noted that only four health centers provide abortions in Wisconsin. If the law took effect, the groups said, the largest of those centers would be forced to close immediately, and the remaining three “will not be able to absorb the unmet need.”
“Politicians, not doctors, crafted this law for the sole purpose of shutting down women’s health care centers and preventing women from getting safe, legal abortions,” ACLU deputy legal director Louise Melling said in the statement.
“We all want to protect patient safety — this law doesn’t do that, as the court recognized,” said Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin CEO Teri Huyck. “Politicians passed this law in order to make it extremely difficult for women in Wisconsin to get safe and legal abortions, plain and simple.”
Don't expect that this setback will slow Walker down much. After all, he knows that there are campaign donations to be found in your uterus.
And true to form, Walker and Attorney Brad Schimel have already planning to appeal the ruling, because Walker "believes the hospital-admitting requirement is constitutional."
Excuse me, but the man can't even spell constitutional much less have any idea of what it means.
While Walker, while running for reelection, stated that he felt that the decision regarding abortion should be between a woman and her doctor, he is now saying, like on so many other issues, he didn't really mean it.
To prove to his base that he means it when he says that he didn't mean it before, Walker has also come out saying he supports banning abortions after 20 weeks:
Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he would sign legislation outlawing abortions in Wisconsin after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Walker’s announcement comes as he weighs a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 and amid mounting criticism from anti-abortion advocates for what they characterize as him ducking a question during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” about whether a woman has the right to terminate her pregnancy.
In an open letter posted on the website of The Weekly Standard, Walker said state lawmakers are likely to propose legislation that provides “further protections for mother and child” and will come to his desk in the form of a bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks.
“I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level,” wrote Walker, who has consistently opposed abortion but downplayed his position in his re-election bid for governor in 2014.
As the video at the top shows, Walker is willing to go with an all out ban of abortions, even in the case of rape and/or incest.
Because when it comes to his presidential aspirations and his insatiable craving for campaign donations, there is no position that is too extreme for Walker to to take, whether he means it or not.