Tue July 2, 2013
Protesters Rally Against Abortion Bill Outside Walker's Wauwatosa Home
Protesters knocked on the door of Walker's house to make a point about a bill supported by anti-abortion groups, which would make women who seek to have an abortion first undergo an ultrasound. The measure would also require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
The bill is largely seen as an attempt by conservatives to further limit abortions in Wisconsin, and Walker usually doesn't disagree with anti-abortion groups.
But protesters who stood on the sidewalk outside Walker's home and chanted “Focus on jobs, not on vaginas” are asking him to veto the bill.
Jennifer Epps-Addison defends going to the governor's neighborhood: “We tried every other option available to us. People say it’s invasive. But what’s more invasive than sticking a probe inside a woman’s body?”
At one point, Epps-Addison knocked on the door of walker's house, before two Wauwatosa police officers asked her to return to the sidewalk. At least a half-dozen city police or state patrol officers were on hand for the protest. Recently, law enforcement started parking in Walker's driveway rather than down the block, to provide Walker additional protection.
Though there were personal cars in Walker's driveway, his press office says the governor was traveling in northern Wisconsin and that the ultrasound bill is one of many he's reviewing. There was no comment from Walker's team, on the protest being held outside his home.
One neighbor did ask the protesters to stop using their small bullhorn.