Empower Wisconsin | June 24, 2022
MADISON — Republicans made quick work of ending Gov. Tony Evers’ “special session” on Wisconsin’s abortion law, calling it what it was: a political stunt.
On Wednesday, Republican leadership gaveled in and gaveled out, consigning another of Evers’ political charades to the circular file.
“The United States Supreme Court has yet to issue their opinion, yet the Governor called a Special Session,” said Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield). “This is nothing more than a calculated campaign move and the exact reason why the Legislature isn’t in session during campaign season. He’s not fooling anyone with this disingenuous political stunt.”
Earlier this month, more than a month after the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision that would overturn the constitutionally suspect Roe v. Wade, Evers signed his 168th Executive Order. It called for a special session of the Legislature to repeal Wisconsin’s law banning abortions in most cases. The law, dating back to the early days of statehood, has effectively been frozen since the Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark ruling that federalized abortion protections.
Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion corrects a fundamentally flawed ruling that one legal expert described as unintelligible reasoning, “tearing at the fabric of American democracy.”
But Evers has his radical left base to worry about. After much political pressure from people who insist on abortion on demand (anytime, anywhere), the Democrat issued another Kabuki Theater order calling a special session. Republicans rejected this stunt just as quickly as they dispatched Evers’ gun control special session, which was nothing more than a gun show for his base.
Here’s a fact that shouldn’t be lost on anyone. Democrats could have wiped the old abortion law off the books years ago. They had plenty of chances. From 1975-78, under Govs. Patrick Lucey and Martin Schreiber, Dems controlled the executive branch and the Legislature — at times with veto-proof majorities. And again during Gov. Tony Earl’s term, from 1983-86, Democrats controlled the coveted “trifecta.” And they had another shot at it under Gov. Jim Doyle in the last years of the Democrat’s tenure.
Yet, the law still stood, and stands — waiting. Did the liberals believe they would always be in power? Did they think a faulty Supreme Court ruling would always stand?
Now, the left and their friends in the abortion industry face, for them, what apparently was the unimaginable: That the murder of unborn children will no longer be federally protected.
So pro-abortion Evers puts on his political show. Yet, the governor remains disinterested in the people dying everyday in Wisconsin’s increasingly violent cities.
“The Governor announced this Special Session in Milwaukee two weeks ago. If only the Governor could have mustered up some leadership to address the increased crime plaguing our cities,” Kapenga said. He needs to do better for the people of Wisconsin who are concerned about the safety of their loved ones.”