Although Gov. Tony Evers vetoed five anti-abortion bills last week, a 172-year-old law criminalizing abortion and making it a felony for physicians to perform the procedure is still on the books in Wisconsin. It would go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court turns abortion matters back to the states to decide — which is looking increasingly likely after last week’s hearing over a Mississippi abortion ban. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, this law would go into effect, subjecting physicians who provide abortion with felony charges and up to six years in prison. The Abortion Rights Protection Act would repeal this 1849 statute.
This is why we need to call on our Wisconsin legislators and demand that they pass the Abortion Rights Preservation Act.
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As your constituent, I urge you to co-sponsor and support the passage of the Abortion Rights Protection Act. This act will ensure that no matter what happens with Roe v. Wade, safe and legal abortion care will be available in our state.
Amid stunning developments coming from the U.S. Supreme Court, advocacy for reproductive rights is more important than ever. The Abortion Rights Preservation Act will finally repeal the archaic, 170-year-old law that makes abortion a felony and calls for the imprisonment of physicians who perform such care. It will thus ensure that the right to abortion is protected in Wisconsin. With more than 70 percent of Americans opposing the overturn of Roe v. Wade, any bill aiming to restrict Roe is inconsistent with American values.