MADISON, Wis. – As Republican legislators this week continue to push an identical version of the unpopular and divisive Texas-style abortion ban, Kevin Nicholson and Rebecca Kleefisch have both doubled down on their promise to turn back the clock on health care in Wisconsin by slashing health care services, banning abortion care with no exceptions, and cutting cancer screenings for thousands of Wisconsinites.
Nicholson, who confirmed yesterday that he would sign the unpopular and divisive Texas-style bill if he somehow became governor, believes that no one should be able to access abortion care — with zero exceptions. During his last failed campaign, Nicholson received a perfect “100 percent” rating from Pro-Life Wisconsin, which confirmed to the Associated Press that Nicholson promised to support all of their demands, including banning abortion “in all cases,” with no exceptions for rape, incest, or when a mother’s life is in jeopardy.
Nicholson has long wanted to defund Planned Parenthood, which tens of thousands of Wisconsinites rely on for basic care like cancer screenings, testing, and access to contraception. He’s even previously tweeted that “Planned Parenthood is not a healthcare provider; it’s a eugenics shop.”
As lieutenant governor, Kleefisch worked to pass five bills limiting critical reproductive health care access — and even agreed that survivors of rape should “turn lemons into lemonade” instead of being empowered to make their own health care decisions.
“Kevin Nicholson and Rebecca Kleefisch want to insert themselves into some of the most personal decisions that Wisconsinites make,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Iris Riis. “Whether it’s banning abortion care with no exceptions or cutting cancer screenings, the Republicans running for governor have staked out the most extreme and divisive positions on health care.”