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Supreme Court overrules Roe vs. Wade

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 6-3 on Friday that you no longer have a federal right to an abortion. The decision fell largely along ideological lines with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney-Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh voting in favor of ending the protection. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan voted against it. The issue of abortion will now be left to the states, which in Wisconsin’s case could revert to a law dating back to 1849. The law only makes exceptions for abortions necessary to save the mother’s life. Governor Tony Evers called for a special session on the issue on Wednesday, but it was gaveled in and out of without discussion or debate. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has said that he would not enforce the law. Planned Parenthood clinics stopped taking appointments for abortions past this weekend in anticipation of the ruling that leaked earlier this year.

 

STATEMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
 

“An activist majority of the Supreme Court has overturned Roe and nearly 50 years of precedent, taking away the constitutional rights of American women to make their own personal choices about their body, their health, and their family. Republicans have taken Wisconsin women back to 1849 and it is Republicans who want to keep us there with support for having politicians interfere in the freedoms of women who will now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers have had for decades. I ask people to join this fight with their voices and their votes because we will not be taken back, we will move forward.”

 

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

 

“Today is a victory for life and for those who have fought for decades to protect the unborn. For almost fifty years the decision of nine unelected Justices have prevented a democratically derived consensus on the profound moral issue of abortion to be formed.  This decision will now allow that democratic process to unfold in each state to determine at what point does society have the responsibility to protect life.  Hopefully, the debate will be conducted with sincerity, compassion, and respect for the broad range of views that people hold.”

 

 

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