Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin may not have much time left in office. He faces a recall election on June 5th and the polls show that he is likely to be voted out, primarily because of his attacks on collective bargaining rights. But he’s using the time he has left to bring the Republican war on women to his state. AP reports that Walker signed more than 50 bills last week, including these:
– A ban on abortion coverage in policies obtained through a health insurance exchange, set to be created under the federal health care reform law starting in 2014. The only exceptions would be in cases of rape, incest or medical necessity.
– A woman seeking an abortion must undergo an exam and consult with a doctor alone, away from her friends and family. The doctor must determine whether someone is pressuring the woman into the procedure. Doctors who break the law could be charged with a felony.
– Teachers in schools that offer sex education must stress abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Declares that sex education teachers do not have to address contraception. That’s a dramatic shift from current state law, which requires teachers to instruct students on birth control options.
There’s that usual contradiction in the right’s bizarre public views on reproductive rights — they’re against abortion but also against teaching about contraception, which does more to prevent abortion than anything else possibly could. Because, as I keep saying, the goal is not to stop abortions; the goal is to roll back women’s rights a few decades and eliminate all control over their reproduction. Because God, and his self-declared representatives, should decide whether a woman has a baby, not her.