MADISON, Wis. — Doctors throughout Wisconsin mentioned they would instantly cease offering abortions, whilst questions remained concerning the enforceability of a 173-year-old state ban, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling placing down its Roe v. Wade choice on Friday.
Wisconsin has an 1849 regulation that bans abortion, besides to save lots of the lifetime of the mom, however whether or not that regulation is enforceable is predicted to be challenged in court docket. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, mentioned he would have information subsequent week about how his office would reply to Friday’s ruling.
The nonpartisan Wisconsin Legislative Council, which is comprised of attorneys who advise the Legislature, indicated in a memo that the enforceability of the state ban will possible need to be determined by a decide.
Under the Wisconsin regulation, doctors may very well be charged with felonies for performing abortions and withstand six years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin mentioned it was halting all abortions at its clinics in Milwaukee, Madison and Sheboygan. The group’s president, Tanya Atkinson, mentioned in a press release that Planned Parenthood will now give attention to getting sufferers in Wisconsin entry to “safe abortion care where it remains legal, offering travel assistance, and providing appropriate follow-up care when they return home.”
An individual who answered the telephone at Affiliated Medical Services, which additionally offers abortions in Milwaukee, mentioned it was busy contacting sufferers concerning the Supreme Court’s ruling and declined to remark additional. Its web site urged that when Roe v. Wade is struck down, the group would cease offering abortions and as an alternative “provide resources for out-of-state abortion clinics, travel support and general questions.”
UW Health mentioned in a press release that, “While reverting to a 173-year-old state law on abortion will create some legal uncertainties, we recognize that this court decision has effectively banned abortions in Wisconsin except to save the life of the mother, and UW Health will continue to comply with the laws related to reproductive healthcare.”
A big abortion rights rally was scheduled for Friday afternoon on the Capitol.
A Republican candidate for governor, Tim Michels, earlier this week referred to as on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to place the Wisconsin National Guard on alert within the occasion of violent protests. The office of an anti-abortion group in Madison was vandalized final month and nobody has been arrested.
On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Legislature refused to overturn the state’s ban, as Evers had referred to as on them to do. Evers is making abortion rights a pillar of his reelection marketing campaign, as are Democrats trying to tackle Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.
Associated Press author Todd Richmond contributed to this story.