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What the U.S. Supreme Court Review of Roe Means for Wisconsin?

  

Texas today, our state tomorrow. The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This will be the first direct challenge to Roe v. Wade since Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation.

By taking this case, the Court will be revisiting nearly 50 years of precedent that has protected people’s access to safe and legal abortion in Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is prepared to fight to ensure that every person in Wisconsin who needs access to abortion can get the care that they need

What does this mean for abortion access in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is one of nine states in the country with a criminal abortion statute still in place that could immediately go into effect if Roe is overturned. Under the 172-year-old Wisconsin law criminalizing abortion, doctors and health care professionals assisting someone in obtaining an abortion would be guilty of committing a felony. The law has no exception for rape, incest, or the health of the woman. 

What can I do to help ensure abortion care remains legal and becomes more accessible in Wisconsin?

Take a moment to contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Abortion Rights Preservation Act (ARPA).

The ARPA would repeal Wisconsin’s 1849 criminal abortion law,  that would automatically make abortion at any point in pregnancy a crime if Roe v. Wade were overturned. This law is currently unenforceable because of Roe v. Wade, but the current SCOTUS majority represents a serious threat to Roe, so we need to make sure our state’s laws will protect access to abortion care regardless of who is on the Court.