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Roe V. Wade Overturned: What Does It Mean For WI?

Roe V. Wade Overturned: What Does It Mean For WI?

It was the gavel drop heard around the world hit from the high court bench yesterday.

Now, many people are wondering what the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade means in the every day. We’ll take a closer look at reaction and next steps from here.

“It’s very unclear right now, what the law in Wisconsin even is,”

-A.G. KAUL

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul says he won’t be pursuing enforcement of any abortion bans. 

Yesterday, Kaul said the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade does not necessarily mean Wisconsin will revert back to a pre-Civil War state law banning abortions except if the mother’s life is in danger.  He said,  “It’s very unclear right now, what the law in Wisconsin even is,” given that in recent years, state lawmakers approved new laws regulating abortion.  Kaul says his office won’t be spending resources to enforce abortion bans.

From law makers to health care workers, the state health office plans to work with health partners on the next steps to take after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on abortion. 

Karen Timberlake with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services says her agency will work closely with health providers across the state on what happens next.  A statement from Public Health Madison and Dane County yesterday claims the high court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade “will cause far-reaching harm to Dane County residents.”  Timberlake says legal challenges to Wisconsin’s abortion law are expected.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin says for now no abortions are available in the state. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

“We recognize that this court decision has effectively banned abortions in Wisconsin except to save the life of the mother.”  

The organization issued a statement yesterday after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade.  The statement says abortions are on hold pending word from the state justice system on the issue.  UW Health issued a statement as well saying, “We recognize that this court decision has effectively bannd abortions in Wisconsin except to save the life of the mother.”  

Wisconsin already has an abortion ban law on the books dating back to 1849 which after 1973 was not being enforced under Roe v Wade and which is expected to now be challenged in state courts.  




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