Here's the Money Behind the Bill to Ban Abortions at 20 Weeks

Republican legislators are circulating a proposal that would prohibit a woman from having an abortion at 20 weeks or later in her pregnancy. Here’s the Money Behind the Bill to Ban Abortions at 20 Weeks

May 11, 2015

The measure, which does not contain an exception for a pregnancy caused by rape or incest, calls for a three-and-a-half year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine for anyone who performs an abortion at 20 weeks or later, except for a medical emergency, and the abortion provider would be required to abort the pregnancy using a method that gives the fetus the best chance of survival.

A 20-week abortion ban is supported by Wisconsin Right to Life, a statewide advocacy group that opposes abortion and spent about $230,000 on outside electioneering activities between 1998 and 2014 to support Republican legislative and statewide candidates, including almost $15,000 in the 2014 fall elections.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Mary Lazich of New Berlin, and Rep. Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum. Wisconsin Right to Life spent about $4,700 on outside electioneering activities to support Lazich since 1998, which was the first year she was elected to the Senate, and $155 to support Kremer in 2014 when he was first elected to the Assembly.

Top contributors to Lazich between January 1998 and Oct. 20, 2014, were Don Taylor, of Waukesha, a retired Waukesha State Bank executive, and his wife, Carol, $4,900; and Anthony and Andrea Bryant, of Waukesha, owners of Century Fence Co., $4,100.

Top contributors to Kremer in 2014 were Timothy Schmidt, of Jackson, president of Delta Defense, and his wife, Tonnie, $1,000; and Barbara and Rodney Hendricks, of Cedarburg, who are employees of Kohl’s and Costco, respectively, $937.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker said earlier that he would sign a bill that bans abortions at 20 weeks. Wisconsin Right to Life spent about $7,400 on outside electioneering activities in Walker’s 2010 general election, 2012 recall, and 2014 re-election to support him or attack his opponent.