Talking Back

On Sunday, Feb. 16th the Wisconsin State Journal featured a misleading op-ed from Matt Bowman regarding Ald. Lisa Subeck’s proposed “buffer zone” ordinance on its front page. Madison NOW has supported the ordinance from the beginning and we are not persuaded by the faulty logic of Matt Bowman or the Alliance Defending Freedom. We encourage…

Continuing the Discussion: Day 4

Today we’re reading a piece from RH Reality Check that expands on everything we’ve read so far about abortion as black genocide. The Road to Roe: Paved with Bodies of Women of Color and the Legal Activism of African Americans highlights the major role that African American activists played in securing abortion rights in the…

Continuing the Discussion: Day 3

Today we look to Colorlines for more background on the “abortion as genocide” tactic that was most recently employed by anti-choicers in our own state capitol. Colorlines is a daily news site with a focus on race, featuring “a multiracial team of writers who cover stories from the perspective of community, rather than through the…

Continuing the Discussion: Day 2

As promised, we’re continuing the discussion sparked by the appearance of a Black Genocide display in the Wisconsin State Capitol by sharing more information and perspectives on an issue that is too complex and immense to be summed up by a display by anti-choice extremists, or by the sign which we posted in response to…

Wisconsin NOW counters Black Genocide display

About a week ago it was brought to my attention that an anti-choice organization had set up a display in the Wisconsin State Capitol suggesting that abortion is genocide to African-American communities. This assertion is problematic for many reasons. First of all, it is racist and sexist. It implies that African-American women are duped into…

WI NOW Stands With Alicia Beltran

Alicia Beltran, 28, of Jackson, WI was taken into custody this summer after refusing to start an anti-addiction drug for an addiction she was no longer struggling with. Her real crime? Being pregnant. A Wisconsin law passed in 1998 allows child-welfare authorities to detain pregnant women who are abusing alcohol and drugs and refuse to…

WI NOW Statement Regarding Proposed Wisconsin “Choose Life” License Plates

On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, the Wisconsin Assembly’s Committee on Transportation will hold a public hearing where it will be discussing 2013 Assembly Bill 206, which seeks to allow the sale of special “Choose Life” license plates in Wisconsin. Similar license plates are already being sold in 29 states across the country. Two prominent anti-choice…