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La Crosse County Board schedules abortion referendum for April, appoints Klekamp as county administrator



Wisconsin will not have a statewide referendum on abortion this April, but several counties might have their own abortion questions on the ballot. La Crosse County is one of them.

The county board has voted 16-10 to allow an advisory referendum on whether to repeal or keep the state’s law banning abortion, which was passed in 1849 — the year after Wisconsin became a state and before women had the right to vote.

Every woman on the county board endorsed the resolution for a spring referendum.

Opponents of the idea, all male, argued that a county referendum won’t change any minds, and might be perceived as a gimmick to draw certain voters to the polls in April.

Supervisor David Hundt said the $5,000 cost of putting the item on the ballot would be a waste of money, and it’s not up to counties to try to make state laws.

There is one state legislator on the county board in Steve Doyle. He had voted on plans for a statewide referendum earlier in the day in Madison. That plan was defeated. Doyle, however, told the board, this is a good time for a referendum, with no major partisan races in April.

The county measure would ask voters whether the state should keep or repeal its 1849 abortion ban, rather than asking “yes” or “no” on whether the ban should be overturned.

In other county business, the board unanimously voted to appoint Jane Klekamp as full-time county administrator, after several months as the interim holder of that job.

Klekamp had been deputy administrator before the retirement on administrator Steve O’Malley last year.

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. nick

    January 20, 2023 at 6:02 am

    As I have stated in the past , put it on the ballot ad long as everyone is aware that Margaret Sanger who pushed for legal abortion and whose organization morphed into planned parenthood was a white supremacist.
    Amazing how we care more for the lives of animals and not chilsren

    • Yvonne

      February 6, 2023 at 10:23 am

      You are 100 % correct about Margaret Sanger, she hated blacks and wanted to eliminate/murder as many as she could aborting their precious babies. She even put her abortion clinics in black neighborhoods. Vote no to this heinous act to murder babies.

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