There are 41 women serving in Wisconsin’s state legislature this session, making up 31% of the 132-member body.
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.
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.
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.