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Since taking office in 2019, Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed multiple bills from the Legislature seeking to restrict access to abortion. In one day — Dec. 3, 2021 — he vetoed five of these bills. 

“As long as I’m governor, I will veto any legislation that turns back the clock on reproductive rights in this state,” Evers said. He has also said he would veto any bill that would penalize women for traveling out of state for an abortion.

Evers called for a special session of the Legislature in October 2022 to create a pathway for voters to repeal the state’s 1849 abortion ban. Republicans who run the Legislature gaveled in and out in about 15 seconds, killing the proposal, which would have instituted a way for residents — not just the Legislature — to place measures on a statewide ballot.


State of Wisconsin: Press release: Gov. Evers takes action on 29 bills, vetoes legislation restricting reproductive healthcare

NBC News: Wisconsin’s Democratic governor vetoes five GOP abortion bills

Longview (TX) News-Journal: Evers would veto bills penalizing women crossing border for abortions

State of Wisconsin: Press release: Evers calls for special session in Legislature to overturn 1849 abortion ban

AP News: Wisconsin Democrats put abortion in spotlight

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.