As the challenge of Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion law nears the Wisconsin State Supreme Court’s desk, abortion access has rightfully remained at the forefront of the state’s Supreme Court race. However, the importance of this election goes far beyond abortion access.
Currently, the state’s highest court is made up of 4 conservatives and 3 liberals, but with conservative Justice Patience Roggensack retiring, the majority of the court is up for grabs.
On September 21st, Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order calling for a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to create a statewide referendum process as well as a constitutional amendment.
In 2004, while running for Senate, Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels filled out a questionnaire for “Pro-Life PAC”, a group that supported 100% pro-life candidates.
Recent reports have shown that Tim Michels, the Republican nominee for governor, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ organizations.
Healthcare providers in Wisconsin are stuck between what is best for their patients and what complies with the law following Dobbs v. Jackson, the US Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade’s precedent.
On July 8th, Biden signed an executive order with the goal of protecting access to reproductive health care services.
Since the ruling, Wisconsin’s 1849 law that banned almost all abortions, has immediately taken into effect again, adding a multitude of restrictions and possible penalties.
Without Roe v. Wade to protect the right to abortion federally, Wisconsin will have to rely on an abortion ban dating back to 1849.
President Joe Biden acknowledged that the potential decision in Dobbs would have consequences for other civil and human rights issues.