by Steven Ertelt
June 19, 2006
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — A Wisconsin pro-life group says pro-abortion organizations there have lied about the status of a pro-life law on the books that would prohibit abortions if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. Both NARAL and Planned Parenthood have made statements saying the abortion ban would be used to put women in jail when it actually targets abortion practitioners.
Today, NARAL’s Wisconsin affiliate put out a press release claiming that the abortion ban on the books "could be used to threaten women with up to 3-1/2 years in prison and fines up to $10,000."
Wisconsin Right to Life says the two abortion advocacy groups have been promoting the falsehood for months, claiming that women would be prosecuted if Roe is reversed.
The group agrees that an abortion ban (s. 940.04) that the state had in effect when the Supreme Court handed down Roe, in 1973, would come back into effect. That’s where the agreement ends.
"What these disingenuous pro-abortion organizations fail to tell the public is that Wisconsin has more than one law dealing with abortion on our lawbooks," Susan Armacost, WRL’s legislative director, explained in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.
"In 1985, a law, s. 940.13, was enacted that removed any and all penalties to women that were contained in s. 940.04," Armacost said. "We should know because Wisconsin Right to Life strongly supported and worked for the enactment of that law.
"The truth is that when s.940.04 comes back into effect, no women will be penalized in any way for obtaining an abortion," Armacost added.
"Wisconsin Right to Life demands that NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin issue an immediate retraction of these blatant falsehoods," she said.
Armacost said that Wisconsin Right to Life views women who have obtained abortions to be victims of the profit-oriented abortion industry, not criminals. Women who are considering an abortion are frequently either not told about or given incorrect information about their baby’s development, abortion’s risks and alternatives to abortions.
She indicated numerous women who have had abortions, regret their decisions and now support the pro-life view work with her organization.
"These are our sisters in the pro-life movement who work tirelessly to prevent other women and their unborn babies from facing the tragedy of abortion," said Armacost. "They are not criminals."
Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org