Republicans fail to learn from Gov. Walker’s mistakes
Despite stunning presidential collapse, GOP continues effort to block birth control access and obstruct lifesaving medical research
MADISON, WI – Undeterred by Gov. Walker’s presidential collapse, legislative Republicans in Wisconsin continued their efforts to defund community health centers, restrict access to birth control and prohibit lifesaving medical research. Three legislative proposals, Senate Bills 237, 238 and 260, were advanced by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services today and met with broad range of bipartisan opposition.
“Despite Gov. Walker’s decision to drop out of the presidential campaign, legislative Republicans continue to push through their divisive and misguided attacks on women’s health care,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Hardworking Wisconsin families are tired of these ‘divide and conquer’ politics that seek to tear communities apart rather than bringing our state together. Legislative Republicans would do well to learn from Gov. Walker’s failed presidential campaign which was largely focused on advancing special interest attacks on Planned Parenthood and limiting access to birth control.”
In addition to efforts to defund community health centers, legislative Republicans have targeted lifesaving medical research despite strong objections from leading researchers, the medical community and the state’s largest business advocacy organization, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
“Wisconsin has long been a global leader in bioscience research and lifesaving medical advances,” added Sen. Shilling. “While Republican legislators are distracted by efforts to block research and outsource Wisconsin jobs, Democrats remain committed to building on our strong bioscience foundation, investing in education and encouraging new medical advances. I urge my colleagues to reject this dangerous and misguided attack that will block the cutting edge research that could one day lead to cures for cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.”
According to a recent report by BioForward, Wisconsin’s bioscience industry generated $27 billion in economic activity in 2013 and supported over 105,000 direct and indirect Wisconsin jobs.