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Democrats Pfaff, Hesselbein meet with women in La Crosse to discuss reproductive rights

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Wisconsin Democratic state Sens. Brad Pfaff and Dianne Hesselbein meet with Planned Parenthood and other women at La Crosse's Black River Beach Community Center on June 4, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Two years since Roe was overturned, and reproductive rights are still a giant question mark in a lot of states, including Wisconsin.

Wisconsin state Sen. Brad Pfaff (D-Onalaska) would like to see the state Legislature call an extraordinary session to pass new laws dealing with reproductive rights

Pfaff and Senate Minority Leader Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) held a roundtable discussion Tuesday in La Crosse with women, who have personal concerns about their rights, along with community leaders and representatives of Planned Parenthood.

“We are only one of two states in the nation that does not permit Medicaid for post-partum for women,” Brad Pfaff said. “We only allow it for 60 days and, in the other states in this union, with the exception of Arkansas, it is for one year.”

Pfaff wants Wisconsin to offer the same benefits that most other states can provide to women who give birth, pointing out that lawmakers in Madison passed bills to codify Roe vs. Wade.

“We definitely need to move forward to protect privacy and the right to contraceptive services,” Pfaff added.

The state Legislature has been off since mid-March — except for one day last month, failing to override the governor’s vetoes partly because only the state Senate debated — and isn’t due back in session until after the election with potential new lawmakers in January.

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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5 Comments

  1. walden

    June 4, 2024 at 11:07 pm

    They had a meeting. Another staged dog and pony show. Now get back to work you ghouls.

  2. nick

    June 5, 2024 at 5:26 am

    Reproductive rights is really we want the right to end life even in labor.
    Talk about genocide.

  3. Paul

    June 5, 2024 at 6:41 am

    Brad Pfaff has an amazing ability to say a lot of words, but say nothing. Quoting from the article, “we definitely need to move forward to protect privacy and the right to contraceptive services.” We can only move forward Specific Brad. We can’t move backwards. Add the word definitely to make something meaningless sound important. Protect privacy. Don’t we already have that with HIPAA and other confidentiality laws? The right to contraceptive services. Do we really have a right to Contraception and since you wish to call contraception a right, does that mean other people have to pay for it. Or, are you saying that abortion is contraception?

  4. Bob N.

    June 5, 2024 at 8:11 am

    Photo-Op Pfaff met with people with uteruses and played to their worst fears. Sit down with young, liberal females. Stir the pot. Give them your donation number. Repeat. Next-Gun”safety”.

    • walden

      June 6, 2024 at 7:10 pm

      Bob, the “met with women” part is funny. Apparently Shaw has not received the memo that men can now have babies.

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