“Morning-after” bill signed in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill into law today requiring hospitals to inform rape victims about the availability of and effectiveness of the “morning-after” pill.

According to the Journal-Sentinel, a couple of Republican legislators — Terry Musser of Black River Falls and Jeff Wood of Chippewa Falls — bucked party leaders by voting for the measure.

It’s much like the situation in Minnesota with Republicans who voted for the gas tax. In Wisconsin a few years ago, Republicans advanced a bill to outlaw the “morning-after” pill, and Democrats have tried to get this bill passed since 2001.

During a round of applause for his buck-the-leadership position today, Musser quipped, “Don’t remind my caucus,” according to the Capital Times.

At last check, both Republicans still had their committee leadership positions.

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