by Steven Ertelt
February 26, 2008
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — A Wisconsin pro-life group is continuing its efforts to get state lawmakers to oppose a bill that would take the state’s abortion ban off the books. Wisconsin Right to Life is also countering what it calls misleading statements by abortion advocates claiming that the old law would put women in prison for having abortions.
On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services, Insurance and Job Creation will take up SB 398.
That’s legislation that would repeal Wisconsins long-standing ban on abortion. Even though the ban can’t be enforced until Roe v. Wade is overturned, WRTL wants to keep it on the books so it can ban abortions when that day comes.
Wisconsin s abortion ban, s. 940.04, is the most important thing we have to protect unborn children in Wisconsin," WRTL director Barb Lyons told LifeNews.com.
"On the day Roe v. Wade is finally gone, Wisconsin will be one of the first states in the nation to shut down its abortion clinics," Lyons explained. "That is, as long as our abortion ban stays on the books.
Lyons said pro-abortion groups continue to peddle the falsehood that, unless s. 940.04 is repealed, women would be imprisoned for having abortions.
But Lyons tells LifeNews.com that the legislature approved a modification of the law in 1985 which prevents jailing women who have abortions and, in so many cases, are second victims themselves.
Wisconsin Right to Life and Wisconsin law itself consider women in these situations to be victims and not criminals, said Lyons.
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."
It is unconscionable for pro-abortion organizations to continue to perpetuate the lie that women will go to prison, or be penalized in any way, if they obtain abortions under Wisconsin law," Lyons commented.
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.
ACTION: Contact the members of the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services and urge a no vote on the abortion repeal bill. Click here for contact information.
Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org