Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Announces Bill to Overturn State’s Abortion Ban Protecting Babies

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Mar 21, 2023   |   5:38PM   |   Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democrat Gov. Tony Evers announced his support Tuesday for a pro-abortion bill that would overturn the state abortion ban that is protecting unborn babies’ lives daily.

Patch Wisconsin reports Evers, a pro-abortion Democrat, joined state Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, and state Sen. Kelda Roys, D-Madison, as they introduced the bill.

“I’ve been clear from the beginning that I won’t sign a bill that leaves Wisconsin women with fewer rights and freedoms than they had before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe,” Evers said in a statement. “This bill will simply restore access to safe, legal abortion in Wisconsin to what it was on June 23, 2022 — nothing more, and nothing less.”

Wisconsin has a pre-Roe v. Wade abortion ban that went back into effect in June after the Supreme Court overturned its infamous 1973 ruling. The law prohibits the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Exceptions are allowed if the mother’s life is at risk.

Prior to the Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, abortions were legal for any reason up to 20 weeks in Wisconsin, and more than 6,400 unborn babies were aborted every year.

If the new pro-abortion bill passes, thousands of unborn babies could be aborted again annually.

Subeck described killing unborn babies in abortions as “health care” and a basic “right” when she introduced the bill Tuesday, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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She said her bill would restore “our freedom to make our own reproductive health care decisions without interference from politicians.”

Republicans control the state legislature, and the bill has little chance of passing. However, Wisconsin still is at risk. Both sides of the abortion debate are investing heavily in the upcoming election for state supreme court because whomever wins very likely will be the determining vote on whether Wisconsin continues protecting babies from abortions.

Currently, 14 states are enforcing pro-life laws that prohibit or strictly limit the killing of unborn babies in abortions, and others are fighting in court to do the same. Pro-life leaders estimate tens of thousands of babies’ lives have been saved since the overturning of Roe in June.

Polls consistently show a strong majority of Americans support legal protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester or once their heartbeat is detectable.