Wisconsin – In response to media reports that the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin (PPAWI) reminded people that: Abortion is still legal in Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s doors are open. This draft decision is a wakeup call that the Court may soon formally announce its intent to end the constitutional right to abortion, which could allow Wisconsin’s 172-year-old criminal abortion law to go into effect — banning abortion at any stage of pregnancy without exception for rape, incest or the health of the woman. The Wisconsin Legislature can act today to repeal this dangerous and outdated law to protect safe and legal access to abortion.
Statement from Tanya Atkinson, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
“Deciding if or when to become a parent is one of the most personal, life-changing decisions people will make which is why the news leaking from the Court is so devastating.
Criminalizing abortion in Wisconsin for 1.3 million women of reproductive age is not the future we want for ourselves, friends, families or communities. Most of us can agree that decisions about our health care, including pregnancy, are personal. Every pregnancy and situation is different. Everyone should have the freedom and power to control their own bodies and lives.
Now that we know the Supreme Court intends to repeal Roe there is no time to waste. Criminalizing abortion in Wisconsin is not the future we want for ourselves, friends, families or communities.
We have a choice to support a different vision of Wisconsin’s future, which is also supported by the vast majority of Wisconsinites. And we are almost there. The Governor and nearly every Democrat in the Legislature supports repealing this law because they believe everyone should have the freedom and power to control their own bodies and lives.
Call your legislator today to urge them to repeal Wisconsin’s criminal abortion law today.
The power over who has the authority to make decisions for you and who can control your future is in the hands of our state legislators. Together we can protect people’s ability to make their own health care decisions and access the health care they need.”