Sen. Lena Taylor compares Senate abortion debate to Taliban's treatment of women

CREATED Jun 18, 2013

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  • State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). Image by Mike De Sisti - Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE - Senator Lena Taylor appeared on MSNBC on Saturday, and had some negative words about the Wisconsin state Senate's debate last week regarding the bill that requires women to get an ultrasound before an abortion.

"The war on women is alive and well. Anti-women legislation has been (Republicans') priority, not creating jobs," Taylor told host Ed Schultz, according to the Journal Sentinel. "We were silenced that day. The (Senate) president broke his gavel, the women in the gallery, in the assembly, were escorted out."

Sen. Taylor continued by saying she felt the same way she thinks women in another area of the world must feel.

"This is no different than what I experienced when I heard of the women, when I went to Turkey and heard of what the women in the Middle East are experiencing with the Taliban trying to silence them for being at the table," she continued. "This was a similar kind of bullying experience that we experienced on the Senate floor in the legislature of Wisconsin. And this is all they`re doing. No job bills."
The bill ended up passing the Senate, and is headed to Gov. Walker's desk.
The bill says in its text, as proposed by the State Senate, "No person may require the pregnant woman to view the ultrasound images or visualize any fetal heartbeat."