Yesterday, following a POLITICO report that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the authenticity of which was confirmed by the Supreme Court today, Sarah Godlewski released a statement calling for Democrats to act quickly to codify Roe in federal law and then headed to the U.S. Supreme Court to join others in making her voice heard about this critical decision.


CNN: Democratic Senate candidates urge eliminating filibuster and passing bill protecting abortion rights

KEY POINTS: 

  • Senate Democratic candidates on Monday immediately called for eliminating the filibuster and passing legislation to protect abortion rights after Politico published what it said was a draft Supreme Court majority opinion that would strike down Roe v. Wade.

  • “Democrats need to act NOW—end the filibuster, codify Roe, and defend reproductive freedom,” tweeted Wisconsin Democrat Sarah Godlewski, the state’s treasurer. “This fight is too urgent.”

National Journal: A ‘Wake-Up Call’ for Democrats

KEY POINTS: 

  • Within hours of the bombshell story hitting the web, hundreds of demonstrators brought signs, megaphones, and candles to the barricaded steps of the highest court in the land. Amid the crowd was Sarah Godlewski, the only woman running in the competitive race against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin. She was in town for an EMILY’s List conference set to kick off that night, but decided to join the congregation outside the Court.

  • “This is a wake up call,” Godlewski said.

Washington Post Opinion: The Supreme Court’s religion-driven mission sets off a firestorm

KEY POINTS: 

  • Democratic Senate candidates are already demanding the codification of Roe in federal law. “We have reached a crisis point, Republicans across the country are outlawing abortion in America and yet somehow too many Democrats have treated and continue to treat abortion rights as an afterthought or an extra credit project,” said Sarah Godlewski, a Democratic candidate for Senate in Wisconsin.

  • “We have had almost 50 years to codify Roe into law. Enough is enough. Democrats need to get off the sidelines and stop ignoring Republican attacks on our reproductive rights. Women will die if we don’t.”

Washington Post: Supreme Court is ready to strike down Roe v. Wade, leaked draft shows

KEY POINTS: 

  • Multiple Democratic Senate candidates issued statements Monday night calling on Congress to act to protect Roe. “We have had almost 50 years to codify Roe into law, we can’t afford to wait one more day,” said Wisconsin state Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, who is running to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson (R).

 


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Almost all abortions would be illegal in Wisconsin if leaked Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe stands

KEY POINTS: 

  • Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and four top Democratic contenders vying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson called for the Senate to take action by abolishing the filibuster and passing a measure to codify the Roe v. Wade decision and make sure abortion remains legal.

  • State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski planned to hold a press conference late Monday in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. She said in a statement, “The Senate needs to end the filibuster, codify Roe and defend reproductive freedom. Democrats need to act now.”

WPR: Leaked opinion that would repeal Roe v. Wade rocks Wisconsin races for governor, US Senate

KEY POINTS: 

  • State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski said the leaked opinion could be Democrats’ last warning. She also urged the party to end the U.S. Senate’s filibuster and codify Roe.

  • “What I am so frustrated with is that we have had almost 50 years to codify this into law,” Godlewski told reporters Tuesday morning. “The Democrats have had the White House, they have had the House, they have had the Senate. And yet we have not gotten this done.”

Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: With abortion ban likely, Wisconsin’s midterm elections already taking on a new form

KEY POINTS: 

  • But, speaking from the U.S. Supreme Court steps on Monday evening, Godlewski made clear that Democrats share some blame with the justices likely to overturn the longstanding decision protecting women’s right to an abortion.

  • “I am frustrated that we have had 50 years to (codify Roe). And Democrats have had the White House, the Senate and the House to be able to do this — here we are.”

KPVI: Wisconsin abortion ban could imminently take hold again, leaked Supreme Court opinion draft shows


TMJ4: Wisconsin leaders respond after draft opinion suggests high court will overturn Roe

KEY POINTS: 

  • Wisconsin State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski released the following statement:

  • “If this reporting is true, this very well could be Democrats’ last warning before the Supreme Court strips reproductive rights from millions of Americans. We have had almost 50 years to codify Roe into law, we can’t afford to wait one more day. The Senate needs to end the filibuster, codify Roe, and defend reproductive freedom – Democrats need to act now. Wisconsin has had a draconian abortion ban on the books that was written more than 150 years ago — since before the Civil War. If Democrats in Congress don’t act quickly, this law would go back into effect once Roe is overturned.”

WISN: Wisconsin lawmakers, candidates react to report Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade

 

WBAY: Wisconsin Senators, candidates react to Roe draft leak

 

WKOW: Godlewski Speaks Out Against SCOTUS Draft Decision

 

Star Tribune: Wisconsin Democrats urge action ahead of abortion ruling

 

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