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March turns into new organization fighting for women's rights

In the coming week, you will have another opportunity in Sister Bay to make your voice heard regarding women’s rights. Earlier this summer, over 250 people and 30 local businesses supported the Walk for Women, an event created in the wake of the United States Supreme Court’s decision to make abortion rights a state issue. At the time, Emma Cox was hopeful the march was just the first step for women’s rights advocacy in northern Door County, as more than 50 people indicated afterward they would like to help organize future events. With that, the group Northern Door Activism was born. They will host their next event at Peach Barn Brewery, where obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Kristin Lyerly will be joined by the area’s Democratic candidates for state Assembly, Senate, and Lieutenant Governor for a discussion on women’s reproductive rights. Cox is happy the issue has hit a chord in the community.

The panel discussion will begin at 5:30 p.m. on September 28th. If you have any additional questions about the event, you can learn about here. The panel comes a week before Governor Tony Evers hopes members of the Wisconsin Legislature come to Madison to address the current abortion law on the books by allowing voters to introduce ballot initiatives and referendums. This is the second time since the Supreme Court’s decision has prompted the Democratic governor to address the abortion ban with a special session. In June, the Wisconsin Legislature gaveled in and out of the special session without discussion. Wisconsin law currently bans nearly all abortions and criminalizes those intentionally harming human life. While Evers would like to see the ban reversed, his Republican opponent, Tim Michels, supports the current law. 

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