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Wisconsin 2018 Race

Primary Date: 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Election Date: 
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Senate Candidates

  • Tammy Baldwin (D), Incumbent, Endorsed
  • Leah Vukmir (R)

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D)

A history-making women’s health champion who will fight like hell for Planned Parenthood patients.

In the 21st century, women should have access to affordable, comprehensive health care services, like birth control, that empower them to make their own health care decisions.

— Tammy Baldwin

Source: Office of Sen. Tammy Baldwin 

Since she was sworn into office in 2013, Baldwin has spent her time in the Senate working to protect access to reproductive health care — from voting against Congress’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and “defund” Planned Parenthood to fighting President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back access to contraception. She is the first openly lesbian U.S. senator.

People across the Badger State deserve a senator who trusts and supports women to make their own health care decisions. They can look no further than Baldwin, who’s earned a 100 percent rating with Planned Parenthood’s congressional scorecard.

Why We Support Tammy Baldwin

  • She’s fought to protect the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood health centers

  • She has a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood’s congressional scorecard

  • She’s fighting to expand access to reproductive health care by pushing for policies like the Women's Health Act of 2017

     

Tammy Baldwin on the Issues:

Abortion

Baldwin supports a person’s right to access safe, legal abortion. In the Senate, she’s taken proactive steps to expand abortion access — for example, introducing and co-sponsoring the Women’s Health Protection Act. Baldwin also signed a letter urging President Donald Trump to overturn the "global gag rule," which bans overseas groups from receiving U.S. global health funding if they even so much as mention abortion-related services.

Access to Health Care

Baldwin believes every American should have access to quality affordable health care — no matter who you are or where you come from. That’s why Baldwin voted multiple times against Congress’s attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would’ve cut Medicaid and restrict women’s reproductive health care access. More than 240,000 Wisconsinites received their health care coverage through the ACA in 2017 alone, and more than six in 10 patients who receive care at a Planned Parenthood health center in Wisconsin rely on Medicaid.

Baldwin also co-sponsored the Invest in Women's Health Act of 2017, which would provide more preventive and life-saving cancer screenings at health centers like Planned Parenthood.

Birth Control

 

Baldwin is a dedicated champion of birth control access. According to Baldwin, “in the 21st century, women should have access to affordable, comprehensive health care services, like birth control.” She recently called on the Trump administration to rescind rules that restrict birth control coverage.

Previously, Baldwin supported a bill that would require employers to cover all approved methods of birth control, and co-sponsored a bill that would ensure that women members of the Armed Forces and their families have access to the contraception they need.

Health Equity for All

Baldwin believes everyone should have access to affordable quality health care — no matter who you are or where you come from. She is a tireless fighter for LGBTQ equality, and has held President Donald Trump accountable for attacks on LGBTQ communities. Most recently, Baldwin opposed Trump’s ban on transgender members of the military, stating, “A ban against any patriotic American who wants to serve our country is wrong."

Baldwin is a strong supporter of immigrant rights, and is pushing for a Dream Act to protect undocumented immigrants. In particular, she has spoken out on the impact of Trump’s decision to end DACA on immigrant women, stating, “If Congress does not act to protect them, hundreds of thousands of women will lose their status and face deportation.”

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

Simply put, Baldwin stands with Planned Parenthood patients. She co-sponsored the Women's Health Act of 2017, which would provide more preventive and life-saving cancer screenings at health centers like Planned Parenthood. She also voted multiple times against Congress’s attempts to “defund” Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

With a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood’s congressional scorecard, Baldwin understands that “Planned Parenthood has provided vital health care services for women across the country.” Wisconsin’s more than 51,000 Planned Parenthood patients have an ally in Baldwin.

Leah Vukmir (R)

An anti-abortion extremist who wants to ban abortion without exceptions

As your U.S. Senator, I will do everything in my power to stop abortion and defund this devastating industry.

—Leah Vukmir

Source: @leahvukmir Twitter, 5/14/18

Leah Vukmir poses one of the biggest threats to reproductive health care access in Wisconsin. A Trump loyalist, she spent her time as a state legislator trying to roll back abortion access, slash Medicaid, and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions. She also helped “defund” Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin. Now, she’s vying to bring her extreme agenda to the U.S. Senate.

If Vukmir gets a Senate seat in Washington, she could — and would — ban abortion in Wisconsin. This isn’t hypothetical. After President Trump promised to nominate Supreme Court justices who’d overturn Roe v. Wade, he nominated Brett Kavanaugh — who has a long history of arguing against access to abortion. Vukmir rushed to applaud Kavanaugh’s nomination, going so far as to say that Roe v. Wade was a “disastrous” decision that should be overturned. Given the chance, she’d vote to confirm Kavanaugh. And if Kavanaugh carries out the president’s promise, a 19th-century Wisconsin law banning abortion could quickly become enforceable in the state.

Why We Oppose Leah Vukmir

  • She wants to ban abortion with zero exemptions.

  • She pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act and gut Medicaid.

  • She vowed to “defund” Planned Parenthood nationwide.

Leah Vukmir on the Issues:

Abortion

Take it from her: Vukmir has vowed that if she becomes a U.S. Senator, she’ll do “everything in [her] power to stop abortion.” Vukmir’s anti-abortion record backs up her promise. As a state representative, Vukmir cosponsored a slew of severe anti-abortion bills, including a ban on training OB-GYNs to perform abortions. She also cosponsored a law to add costly, onerous, and medically unnecessary requirements on both abortion providers and patients, such as requiring people seeking abortion to first undergo an ultrasound. Vukmir also helped push through a dangerous 20-week abortion ban that became law in 2015.

Vukmir is so extreme, she supports banning abortion with absolutely no exceptions — not even for rape, incest, or the health of the woman.

Access to Health Care

Vukmir likes to boast about her record of cutting access to health care. She cosponsored a ban on abortion coverage for public workers and supported federal health care legislation that would have slashed Medicaid funding nationwide.


Recently, Vukmir made the campaign promise to “completely repeal” the Affordable Care Act and strip protections for people with pre-existing conditions, including nearly 1.2 million Wisconsin women.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

Should she become a U.S. senator, Vukmir promised to “do everything [she] can” to defund Planned Parenthood nationwide — just like she did in Wisconsin. As a state representative, she voted to “defund” Planned Parenthood and block patients who rely on federal health programs from accessing care at its health centers.  Governor Scott Walker signed the “defund” legislation into law in 2016 at a crisis pregnancy center. The law has since blocked countless Wisconsinites from preventive care like birth control, STD tests, and lifesaving cancer screenings.

Birth Control

Vukmir opposed legislation to allow rape victims to receive emergency contraception in hospitals.


She also supports the Trump administration’s unethical gag rule, which undermines Title X, the only national program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. This gag rule would block the 31,000 Wisconsinites who use Title X from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood, even though they might not have anywhere else to go for birth control and other preventive, reproductive care.

Health Equity for All

Vukmir has consistently derailed efforts to promote health and safety for all her constituents — including children. She opposed protections for LGBTQ youth facing discrimination and bullying at school. Meanwhile, she cosponsored a 2015 law that let more adults carry guns in schools and wants to let teachers carry guns, too.

Gubernatorial Candidates

  • Scott Walker (R), Incumbent
  • Tony Evers (D)

Gov. Scott Walker (R)

An avowed, relentless foe of Wisconsinites’ rights to make their own health decisions.

I'm pro-life, I've passed pro-life legislation. We defunded Planned Parenthood, we signed a law that requires an ultrasound.

—Gov. Scott Walker

Source: NPR

Since his time as a county official and later as state legislator, Scott Walker has been an enemy of those who believe women and medical professionals should have the freedom to make their own medical decisions.

Walker's tenure as governor has been defined by a constant string of efforts to impose his extreme views on his constituents — including attacks on birth control and health coverage, and multiple attempts to impose undue burdens on women exercising their constitutional right to obtain an abortion.

Why We Don’t Support Scott Walker

  • Because of his actions, five Planned Parenthood health centers were forced to close — leaving thousands with limited access to their health care provider of choice.
  • He'slong been bent on “defunding” Planned Parenthood, bragging about wanting to “make sure they didn’t have any money, not just for abortion, but … for anything.”
  • He defended a bill that would have forced women seeking abortion to undergo ultrasounds — even calling ultrasounds “just a cool thing out there.”

Scott Walker on the Issues:

Abortion

“I’m pro-life, I’ve always been pro-life.” That’s what Walker said in 2015 as a presidential candidate — and in state office, his record has reflected that stance. As governor, Walker has signed legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks; to ban abortion coverage for public workers; to ban telemedicine for abortions; to require forced ultrasounds; to ban the University of Wisconsin Hospital from providing abortions; and to require doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Walker also pushed to make sure that the 20-week abortion ban that landed on his desk included no exceptions for rape or incest. He even once, in 2015, dismissed a statement that abortion is sometimes required to save a woman’s life as “a false choice.”

Access to Health Care

Described by a report in POLITICO as “one of the nation’s most militantly anti-Obamacare governors,” Scott Walker has fought against efforts to improve access to health care for Wisconsin residents. Under Walker, Wisconsin is one of only 17 states that continues to reject federal funds to expand Medicaid. His refusal of federal funds has left thousands of Wisconsinites needlessly uninsured.

During his failed 2016 bid for the presidency, Walker offered a detailed plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a move that could have, if undertaken, left millions of Americans without coverage. His hostility toward the ACA endures to this day. Earlier this year, Walker authorized Wisconsin’s attorney general to lead a lawsuit that aims to persuade the courts to strike down the entire the ACA. If the suit succeeds, as many as 416,600 Wisconsin residents would lose their health coverage.

Birth Control

As governor, Walker has treated access to birth control with the same disdain he applies to access to safe, legal abortion. In 2011, Walker attempted to repeal the law requiring insurers in the state to cover birth control; in 2014, his administration unilaterally stopped enforcing that state law against companies that voiced religious objections — siding with corporations such as Hobby Lobby, which at the time had just won a Supreme Court ruling, over women.

Early in his short-lived presidential candidacy, Walker offered his support for a so-called “personhood amendment” to the United States Constitution — a measure backed by anti-abortion ideologues that would effectively outlaw all abortion and some common forms of contraception.

Protecting Planned Parenthood Patients

In 2013 and 2014, five Planned Parenthood health centers in Wisconsin had to close due to the actions of Scott Walker — forcing patients in rural communities to travel hundreds of miles to receive care at their provider of choice. None of the five affected centers provided abortions, but with his very first first budget as governor, Walker targeted Planned Parenthood patients by cutting more than $1 million used to fund cancer screenings, STD tests, birth control, and other services.


In 2011, Walker ejected Planned Parenthood health centers from the Wisconsin Well Woman Program — blocking women without health coverage from receiving free cancer screenings at their provider of choice. Four years later, Walker slashed Planned Parenthood health centers’ reimbursement rates for services to Wisconsin patients — another attempt to hurt the health care centers that provide care to 52,000 people in the state.

Sex Education

Walker is an advocate of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, even though such programs have been proven to be less effective than evidence-based sex education at helping young people wait to have sex while also putting them at heightened risk of unintended pregnancy and STDs. He signed legislation in 2012 that mandated abstinence-only instruction in public school classrooms while banning volunteer medical professionals from teaching sex education in Wisconsin public schools.

In his 2013 book, Unintimidated, Walker boasted about his advocacy of abstinence-only programs despite their questionable effectiveness. “I also signed…a bill that requires schools that teach sex education to stress abstinence as the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases,” he wrote — crowing that his other extreme proposals, including bills that hurt public education and state employees, ensured that his attack on sex education “received little notice.”

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