MADISON, Wis. – On Monday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Attorney General candidate Eric Toney wouldn’t rule out prosecuting abortion cases under the state’s pre-Roe abortion ban, even in cases of rape or incest.
With Toney’s endorsements and repeated promises to enforce Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban, it is clear that he is too extreme for Wisconsin.
Here’s what Wisconsinites should know about Eric Toney and his extreme stance on abortion:
- Last week, Eric Toney proudly promoted his endorsement by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, an extreme anti-abortion lobbying group actively working for a national abortion ban. The group’s president has also previously called exceptions to abortion restrictions for victims of rape an “abomination” and has also opposed certain types of birth control.
- Eric Toney has also touted his endorsement by Wisconsin’s Right To Life, which endorses candidates who pledge to “stand with Wisconsin Right to Life’s legislative strategy.” They do not support exemptions for rape or incest.
- Eric Toney has repeatedly promised to enforce Wisconsin’s draconian 1849 criminal abortion ban, which makes no exceptions for rape or incest, and which has a poorly defined exception to save the life of a patient, which has already resulted in a Wisconsin woman being left to bleed for 10 days following an incomplete miscarriage.
“Eric Toney’s endorsements from extreme anti-abortion lobbyists and his repeated promises on the campaign trail to pursue criminal charges against doctors and nurses prove to Wisconsinites that he can’t be trusted to protect their health and reproductive freedom,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Rapid Response Director Marnie O’Malley. “Despite a broad majority of Wisconsinites agreeing that women should make their own decisions when it comes to reproductive health care, Eric Toney is eager to enforce a criminal abortion ban first passed decades before women could vote. It is crucial that we re-elect AG Josh Kaul this November and ensure women and patients across Wisconsin are able to seek out the reproductive health care they need and make their own decisions about their medical care.”