Longtime conservative Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI5) has an opponent in the Republican primary, Dr. Jennifer Vipond of Brookfield. Vipond claims to be a lifelong Republican, and even claimed on Facebook that’s she’s pro-life.
However, Vipond is definitely not pro-life and is in favor of legalized abortion. At a “meet the candidate” event in West Allis, Vipond made her position clear.
“I believe that abortion should not be illegal,” Vipond said. Then echoing the Clinton-esque “safe, legal and rare,” position, Vipond said, “I believe the demand for abortion should be eliminated.”
Vipond also said she would not support legislation to make abortion illegal. “I don’t know. Probably not,” Vipond said. “Making abortion illegal does not reduce the demand for an abortion. Making abortion illegal would make it possibly less likely but it…”
At that point, she was interrupted with a question if she would support a ban after 26 weeks, Vipond responded that she would support a ban after 20 weeks. But then she offered support for “health centers” such as those run by Planned Parenthood.
“The real way to reduce abortions is to get rid of abortions would be health centers and adequate health care,” Vipond said, and said more access to long-term contraceptives would reduce unwanted pregnancies.
“With the technology that we have, abortion should be a very rare event,” Vipond said.
Vipond also claimed that, because of a questionnaire she received, she learned that to be considered pro-life meant that a candidate had to be against all contraception, a position that is incorrect. While many pro-life organizations oppose artificial contraception for a variety of reasons, including those contraceptives that can be used to induce abortions, being pro-life does not mean opposing all forms of contraception.
“I strongly believe in birth control, and condoms. I’ve been prescribing them for 27 years,” Vipond said. “And even if I tried to say that I don’t believe in them, no one would believe me because, you know, 3,000 girls in Waukesha would hold up their prescription with my name on it.”
When asked to choose between being described as pro-life or pro-choice, Vipond said, “Pro-reality. The pro-life people say that you cannot have birth control, condoms, obviously abortion, or education. I cannot say that I am that.”
On the right to bear arms, Vipond refused to answer the National Rifle Association survey, earning an F rating. While she says on her website that she supports the right to bear arms, she would support raising the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic rifle to 21 and would support limits on magazine sizes. She would also support a federal requirement for a minimum amount of instruction for concealed carry permits, and would increase the amount of background checks needed for private sales.
Vipond likes to engage in conspiracy theories, attacking Sensenbrenner because he dares to own pharmaceutical stocks and blaming Congress for the opioid problem. Of course, she’s ignoring the work that Congress, including Sensenbrenner, and Wisconsin Republicans have done to combat the opioid epidemic, and even the bill he introduced to fight Fentanyl abuse.
Vipond even went full-tilt conspiratorial by accusing Sensenbrenner of avoiding media appearances because he didn’t want to give her publicity, even though Sensenbrenner has made countless appearances at town hall meetings with his constituents and is one of the most visible members of Congress in Wisconsin. Apparently Vipond is unaware that equal time restrictions no longer apply and that a Sensenbrenner appearance on any radio or television program does not mean she would be invited on.
Ironically, Vipond brings in a former local politician to accuse Sensenbrenner of being part of “the swamp,” her “friend,” former Village of Menomonee Falls President Joe Greco Sr. As long time observers of Menomonee Falls politics will note, Greco accusing anyone of being part of a political swamp is like an alligator calling someone a reptile.
We reached out to Vipond on Friday for an interview, but she demanded that the questions be submitted in writing to her campaign because she was supposedly too busy. However, Vipond has been calling talk radio Monday morning in a last-minute effort to get Republican support.