Wisconsin Republicans needed just 16 seconds to adjourn the special session of the state legislature that Democrat Governor Ton Evers’ called to legalize abortion.
Last month, Evers signed an executive order calling for a special session to repeal the state’s abortion ban protecting babies from abortions. Wisconsin is one of 15 states currently protecting babies from abortions thanks to a pre-Roe abortion ban that went into effect following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
But Republicans want no part of approving a measure that would pave the way for legalizing abortions.
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BREAKING: WI Senate immediately adjourns Gov. Evers’ special session; he asked the legislature to start the long process of amending the constitution to allow voters to call for/vote on statewide referenda. He hoped that long process would lead to voters scrapping abortion ban pic.twitter.com/mEWCJwR6m8
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“At the end of the day, Wisconsinites, and women in particular, were not only stripped of their reproductive freedom, but they currently don’t have a right to enact the change they need to protect that freedom without having to get permission from the legislature,” Evers said during a press conference creating the special session. “That’s just wrong, and it’s time for us to change that.”
The ban doesn’t deprive women of reproductive freedom, it merely says babies can’t be killed in aboritons. Women have a myriad of ways they can prevent getting pregnant.
The last time Evers called the legislature into a special session over abortion, he was calling on lawmakers to repeal the ban. Lawmakers gaveled in and out of the session without taking action, thwarting Evers’ plan to legalize abortions up to birth.
He now wants a constitutional amendment allowing voters to hold votes on state laws and repeal them that way since he knows the legislature is not going to pass a bill to repeal the pro-life law.
For a constitutional amendment to be adopted in Wisconsin, an identical amendment proposal must pass two consecutive legislatures before it is sent to Wisconsin voters to approve the amendment in an election thereafter. That is also unlikely to happen.
Republicans issued a scathing response to the Governor: “Gov. Evers would rather push his agenda to have abortion available until birth than talk about his failure to address rising crime & runaway inflation caused by his liberal DC allies. Hopefully, voters see through his desperate political stunt.”
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.
Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.
Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.
Despite false reports that abortion bans would prevent doctors from treating pregnant women for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, pro-life doctors confirm that is not the case. Some 35 states have laws making it clear that miscarriage is not abortion and every state with an abortion ban allows treatment for both.
ACTION ALERT: Contact Wisconsin legislators and urge them to vote NO on repealing the abortion ban.