Wisconsin Republicans Enjoy the Rule of Law

Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean you get to do it:

A Republican lawmaker is continuing his push to stop University Health Services from giving emergency contraception to female UW-Madison students despite a warning from the state’s attorney general Tuesday that his legislation is unconstitutional.

Legislation that Rep. Dan LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, plans to introduce next week violates both female students’ right to privacy and the UW System’s right to free speech, according to an advisory opinion by Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.

Time is of the essence with emergency contraception, and it would be an impermissible infringements on privacy rights to require students to go elsewhere for access to the contraceptive options to which they are constitutionally entitled,” Lautenschlager wrote.

But LeMahieu, whose legislation would also prevent the UW System from advocating emergency contraception as well as providing it, shrugged off the attorney general’s warning.

“It’s an advisory opinion,” LeMahieu said. “It doesn’t carry the weight of the law, so it’s her opinion and she’s just one person.”

Just her opinion. Nice. It’s also a legal drug, so maybe you want to think twice about outlawing it all on your lonesome there.

You know, for all that these people like to talk about how much they love doctors and want to protect them from big bad trial lawyers, they have no problem fucking with health care providers in all kinds of creatve ways once nookie’s involved.