The following is a letter from pro-life legislators calling on the Administration of Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services to shut down the state’s abortion clinics as part of Evers’ “Safer at Home” response to the Coronavirus.
April 2, 2020
Secretary-designee Andrea Palm Department of Health Services
1 West Wilson Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
The effects of COVID-19 and Wisconsin’s response to it have undoubtedly caused great anxiety across our state. As legislative representatives of the people of Wisconsin, we write you with great concern over a double standard imposed within DHS Emergency Order #12 (Shelter-in-Place) that contradicts reason and threatens the safety and wellbeing of Wisconsinites.
In the emergency order, you acknowledge that our state may not have the resources to combat COVID-19 in our communities, and that everyone in Wisconsin must “take all possible actions to reduce further spread of COVID-19 to save lives. ” However, abortion clinics are continuing to operate in Wisconsin, needlessly exposing people to the potential to contract COVID-19 and using precious medical resources that are needed elsewhere to save Wisconsinites. It is deeply disturbing to find out that many lower risk businesses have been shuttered while you have given Wisconsin’s abortion clinics special dispensation to remain in operation. Several other states, including Maryland, Iowa, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia have ordered standalone abortion facilities within their borders to close down as part of the prudent directive that all medical centers stop performing elective, non-essential surgeries and procedures to limit risk and reserve medical resources for COVID-19 response.
Doing everything reasonable and possible to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities must include fair implementation of orders to stop non-essential activities. The abortion industry is using medical supplies daily on elective and non-essential “surgeries”. Supplies like surgical masks and gloves, which will be in short supply should the infection rate of COVID-19 continue to spike. We must not allow abortion clinics to put profit ahead of the public welfare and continue with these elective surgical procedures which now are done at a greater risk to the patient as well as our community. Too often, abortions result in complications that lead to the emergency room and further drain our overstretched system.
Concerns have previously been raised regarding your actions and advocacy in support of Wisconsin’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, which operates 3 of the 4 standalone abortion facilities in our state. It is, and should be, a basic expectation that these abortion centers close while Wisconsin is under a “Shelter-in-Place” order to assure our residents that you are not putting politics before their health and prioritizing Planned Parenthood’s bottom line at the expense of our citizens’ health. We therefore demand your immediate action to ensure a halt to the operation of abortion facilities in Wisconsin for the duration of the declared public health emergency.
|Senator André Jacque 1st Senate District||Senator Dave Craig 28th Senate District|
|Senator Alberta Darling 8th Senate District||Senator Scott Fitzgerald 13th Senate District|
|Senator Chris Kapenga 33rd Senate District||Senator Kathleen Bernier 23rd Senate District|
|Senator Devin LeMahieu 9th Senate District||Senator Howard Marklein 17th Senate District|
|Senator Steve Nass 11th Senate District||Senator Roger Roth 19th Senate District|
|Senator Duey Stroebel 20th Senate District||Senator Tom Tiffany 12th Senate District|
|Senator Van Wanggaard 21st Senate District||Representative Janel Brandtjen 22nd Assembly District|
|Representative Scott Allen 97th Assembly District||Representative Barbra Dittrich 38th Assembly District|
|Representative James Edming 87th Assembly District||Representative Rick Gundrum 58th Assembly District|
|Representative Cody Horlacher 33rd Assembly District||Representative Rob Hutton 13th Assembly District|
|Representative Bob Kulp 69th Assembly District||Representative Dave Murphy 56th Assembly District|
|Representative Jeffrey Mursau 36th Assembly District||Representative Adam Neylon 98th Assembly District|
|Representative John Nygren 89th Assembly District||Representative Tim Ramthun 59th Assembly District|
|Representative Joe Sanfelippo 15th Assembly District||Representative Michael Schraa 53rd Assembly District|
|Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt 52nd Assembly District||Representative Ron Tusler 3rd Assembly District|
|Representative Chuck Wichgers 83rd Assembly District|