Abortion is legal throughout the United States because of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. However, given the current political climate, misleading rhetoric, and the balance of the Supreme Court shifting drastically away from reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade is at risk to be overturned or gutted.
Wisconsin is one of 9 states with dangerously outdated laws on the books that criminalize abortion. Without the protections provided by Roe in place, Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion law1 that would criminalize doctors who perform abortions could be enforced, making them guilty of a felony. A provider could be prosecuted and punished with up to six years in prison for performing a safe, common health care procedure.
Anti-abortion politicians want to enforce this outdated, unjust law, threatening abortion rights and access for all women in Wisconsin. Around the country, state laws are already being misused by prosecutors to punish women for their reproductive health care decisions.