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Gov. Evers says A.G. may challenge Wisconsin’s abortion ban

If Roe is struck down, Wisconsin's abortion ban passed 173 years ago is still on the books.
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 5:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 8:13 PM CDT
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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - As we reported Wednesday, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is no longer scheduling abortions after this coming Saturday as it awaits an imminent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on abortion. It has three clinics in the state that offer the procedure.

The concern in Wisconsin is that the state has a law banning abortions except to save the life of the mother. It was passed in 1849 and will go into effect if Roe v Wade is struck down.

“We certainly wanted to do our due diligence and not be scheduling appointments when we wouldn’t be able to fulfill them, so as of June 25th we will essentially have a pause on abortion care in Wisconsin, and we’re working with neighboring states who won’t see their abortion access taken away,” said Marianne Radley, Regional Communications Coordinator for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.

The Republican-controlled Legislature failed to take any action to reverse that ban during a special session called by the governor. As a result, Planned Parenthood is working with women to schedule abortions after Saturday in states like Illinois, where abortion would remain legal.

Gov. Evers told Action 2 News he believes the state attorney general, Democrat Josh Kaul, will take court action to challenge the 1849 law if that happens.

“We will continue to do whatever we can to recourse in other ways, to keep what we’ve got. It’s very important. We’ve got 50 years of rights that are not now going to be evaporated,” the governor said.

Republicans are expressing concerns about civil disobedience in response to the Supreme Court ruling.

We asked the governor about that when he was in Oshkosh Thursday.

“When we take that away, people’s rights away after 50 years, they’re going to be angry and they’re going to be upset. I don’t believe it will lead to violence. I don’t support violence,” Gov. Evers said.

“In 2020, the summer of 2020, nearly every window in the first floor of our Capitol was broken, statues were toppled, there was a senator that was beaten up, I mean, so these things can happen,” state Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville) said.

Radley also said Planned Parenthood was working on the assumption that a ruling would come on the last week of June, but the organization has since learned of a big change over the past 24 hours.

“The Supreme Court added Friday as another decision day. So this decision could very likely come down tomorrow and leave some patients that have appointments on Saturday without access to those appointments. So this is a really scary time. It really leaves a lot of Wisconsinites in limbo,” she said.

The organization is holding a rally Sunday, June 26, between noon and 2 P.M. at Houdini Plaza.

The governor also said he doesn't expect violence in Wisconsin when the Supreme Court's decision is released

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