Evers calls on Legislature to repeal 1849 state abortion ban, which might go into impact if Roe is overturned | WUWM 89.7 FM

In response to a leaked draft opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court docket is on the point of overturning federal abortion rights. If that occurs, most abortions in Wisconsin might change into unlawful, due to a state law from 1849 that bans abortions besides to save lots of the mom’s life.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers needs Republicans who management the state Legislature to repeal the 1849 law. He introduced Wednesday he’s calling lawmakers right into a special session June 22.

“We will’t let our youngsters and grandkids develop up on the planet the place they’ve fewer rights than we did,” Evers mentioned. “That’s going backwards. That’s not the long run we promised them and that’s not the long run they deserve.”

If Wisconsin reverts again to the 1849 regulation, docs who present abortions are anxious concerning the selections they’ll must make. Milwaukee OB-GYN Allie Linton spoke on the governor’s press convention.

“Physicians should wait and watch our sufferers get sicker, deliberating at what level the affected person turns into sick sufficient to fulfill the ban’s slim life exemption,” Linton mentioned.

However Republican lawmakers don’t appear more likely to go together with Evers’ request. Senate Majority Chief Devin LeMahieu mentioned in a statement the Legislature would gavel out of the particular session, which he referred to as “blatantly political.”

“Wisconsin regulation has not modified and our pro-life place has not modified. Killing harmless infants is just not healthcare,” LeMahieu mentioned.

Gracie Skogman, the legislative director with Wisconsin Proper to Life, mentioned her group is in favor of holding the 1849 abortion ban.

“We consider that [law] is definitely consultant of Wisconsin’s longstanding dedication to defend pre-born lives and will surely encourage our elected officers right here in Wisconsin to defend it and preserve it on the books,” Skogman instructed WUWM.

If the 1849 regulation does go into impact, litigation over it’s possible. Wisconsin sufferers searching for abortions might need to journey to neighboring states the place they’re allowed, which abortion rights advocates say will create much more inequities in abortion entry.

The Supreme Court docket is anticipated to rule on the abortion rights case this month.

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