Wisconsin Bill to Repeal Old Pro-Life Laws Stopping Abortions Gets Hearing

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 22, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 22
, 2008

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — A Wisconsin pro-life group is concerned about a bill the state legislature will hold a hearing on next week that would repeal the old law still on the books that prohibits abortions. Should the Supreme Court ever reverse Roe v. Wade, the law would apply and abortions would be illegal in the Badger State.

The legislation, SB 398, would repeal Wisconsin’s long-standing law to prohibit abortions (s.940.04).

The legislature will hold a hearing on the bill next Wednesday and Wisconsin Right to Life is urging pro-life advocates to attend the hearing and urge their legislators to oppose it.

"Planned Parenthood is desperate to keep Wisconsin’s abortion mills open," the group said in an alert LifeNews.com obtained. "They know that when Roe v Wade is overturned, s.940.04 will come back into effect and Wisconsin’s abortion clinics will be out of business."

The group is concerned pro-abortion advocates will have hundreds of people present for the forum and WRTL is providing free bus transportation for those who attend.

WRTL accused pro-abortion groups two years ago, when they began their effort to get the bill approved, of lying about what it would do.

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.

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.

"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.

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