For the first time since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that effectively overturned Roe vs. Wade, abortions will be performed in Wisconsin.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced on Thursday that it would resume abortion care services at its Madison and Milwaukee clinics beginning on September 18th. The organization chose to move forward with providing the services after a year-plus long hiatus due to a decision in Dane County Circuit Court in July stating that the 1849 criminal abortion ban was not enforceable for voluntary abortions and it would not dismiss a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Josh Kaul.
Governor Tony Evers applauded the decision, reassuring Wisconsinites that he would not give up fighting for the “same reproductive rights and freedoms Wisconsinites had up until the day the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe.”
Anti-abortion advocates spoke strongly against the decision with Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling telling the Associated Press’ Scout Bauer that the “governor and Planned Parenthood is promoting an illegal activity” and that it is “still illegal in most instances for anyone to do an abortion in Wisconsin.”