Governor Evers vetoes 4 abortion bills

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers stands outside the state Capitol to announce a new partnership designed to increase insurance enrollment on Monday, June 3, 2019, in Madison, Wis. Evers also says he won’t rule out accepting a transportation funding plan that doesn’t have a gas tax increase. (AP Photo by Scott Bauer)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed four abortion bills passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

One bill Evers vetoed Friday would have imposed criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance where a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt.

Other vetoed bills would have cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood; prohibited abortions based on the fetus’ race, sex or defects; and required providers to tell women seeking abortions using the drug mifepristone that the process may be reversed after the first dose.

Republicans had called on Evers to sign the bills, even though he ran as an abortion rights advocate and had long promised to veto them.

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