WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thanks to anti-choice proponent and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, Wisconsin is one step closer to prohibiting women public employees from deciding when and how they want to start a family.
Legislation passed in Wisconsin's Senate earlier this week, and cosponsored by state Senator Vukmir, would prohibit state insurance plans from covering an abortion in most cases, denying critical health care decisions for thousands of state and local employees.
“This attack on women's health is no surprise from ultra-conservative Leah Vukmir, who staunchly supports a 20-week abortion ban and received an endorsement from Wisconsin's top anti-choice organization,” said Christina Reynolds, VP of communications at EMILY's List. “It's clear that conservative hardliner Leah Vukmir is running to take her extreme, dangerous anti-choice agenda to the U.S. Senate, and she can't be trusted to protect Wisconsin women's health.”
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