Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Bill Banning Taxpayer-Funded Abortions for State Employees

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 3, 2018   |   3:33PM   |   Madison, WI

Many states still have taxpayer funding of abortions and one of the areas in which that often occurs is funding abortions for state employees. But that won’t happen anymore in Wisconsin thanks to a new bill Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed into law.

Walker has been a pro-life champion as governor and has signed numerous pieces of pro-life legislation. The latest measure would ensure that taxpayers in Wisconsin are not forced to fund abortions on babies of state employees.

That’s good news for the pro-life group Wisconsin Right to Life.

“Today, Governor Walker signed AB 128 into law, which ensures no taxpayer dollars pay for elective abortions under state employees’ health plans,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, in an email to LifeNews. “Wisconsin Right to Life has been waiting 23 years for this major step to roll back taxpayer funding for abortion, and we are very happy to see this long-awaited legislation signed into law.”

Since 1995, there have been no limits on abortion coverage for state employees’ health plans, despite Wisconsin law prohibiting taxpayer subsidization of elective abortions. The State Assembly passed AB 128 in November of 2017, and the State Senate passed the bill in February of 2018.

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“We thank bill authors Sen. Dave Craig, Rep. Andre Jacque, Rep. Ron Tusler, and Rep. Janel Brandtjen for their leadership on this bill, and we thank Governor Walker for signing it into law,” continued Weininger. “This law significantly protects taxpayers’ rights, since no one should be forced to subsidize the taking of innocent human life.”