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In La Crosse, Gov. Evers offers clemency to Wisconsin doctors providing abortions, after Supreme Court ruling



Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks to a La Crosse Center crowd about reproductive rights on Saturday, June, 25, 2022, at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin convention held over the weekend in La Crosse. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers told a cheering crowd at the La Crosse Center that doctors in the state would be eligible for clemency, if they provide abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe v. Wade.

“I will provide clemency to any physician that is charged under that law,” Evers said Saturday, during a women’s rights rally on the main staircase in the La Crosse Center lobby, as the civic center hosted the Democratic Party of Wisconsin convention this weekend.

About 200 people lined up on the La Crosse Center stairs for the abortion rights rally, which came just hours after around 450 protested in front of city hall Friday night.

Evers, who has has seven grandchildren who are female, said “(On Friday) they were made second-class citizens. That’s bull****.”

Evers added that he’s considering an executive order to restore the state abortion law to what it was before the court decision.

Last Wednesday, Republicans, who control the state Legislature, quickly ended a Evers’ special session on addressing Wisconsin’s 1849 law that bans abortions, except to save a mother’s life.

Also speaking at the La Crosse rally was U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, who said that Roe v. Wade is now on the ballot in this year’s elections, and candidates will be judged on whether they “stand with women” or not.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin speaks during the Democratic Party of Wisconsin state convention about reproductive rights inside the La Crosse Center on Saturday, June 25, 2022 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Baldwin added that not a single Republican in the Senate voted to codify the Roe decision from 1973, when it recently came up for a vote in Washington.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Chip DeNure

    June 26, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Tony Evers to the public: It’s OK to break the law. I’ll protect you if you do. Typical Democrat.

  2. Chip DeNure

    June 26, 2022 at 7:10 am

    To all those bemoaning the Supreme Court’s great decision to protect life, you can blame Hillary Clinton. That’s right. In 2016, Hillary stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders. Bernie would have defeated Donald Trump and appointed justices that would have upheld Roe. So blame Hillary. A final thought regarding Evers, isn’t his comment about clemency for lawbreakers a basis for his removal from office?

  3. Richard Lepsch

    June 26, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Guess our governor see him self above the law typical democrat…the democrat culture of death and their support of the democrat baby butcher factories sure puts them in running with that Hitler and Stalin group of butchers.

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