GOP lawmakers ready to end special session on abortion ban

Madison, Wis. – Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin on Wednesday stood ready to meet in a special session with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who was called to lift the battleground state’s dormant abortion ban and quickly adjourn without action.

Wisconsin banned abortion except to save the mother’s life in 1849, a year after the territory became a state. The landmark judgment of Roe v. Wade of the US Supreme Court, which essentially legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, overturned the ban.

The court is expected to overturn Roe v. calf this month, which could put Wisconsin’s ban back in effect. Evers called the Legislature on June 8 in a special session Wednesday to lift the ban.


Republicans have branded the move a political stunt intended to please the Democratic base Evers faces re-election in November. GOP leaders in the Assembly and Senate planned to start the special session around noon on Wednesday and then end it immediately.

The state ban is likely to be challenged in court should Roe v. Wade be lifted.

A key question is how the ban would interact with a related 1985 state law that bans abortions after the fetus has reached viability but includes an exception for women whose health could be compromised by continuing the pregnancy. Abortion rights groups have advocated a broad interpretation of this exception to include a woman’s emotional and mental health.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat, said he thinks the 1849 law is too old to enforce. He has also said he will not investigate or prosecute doctors who perform abortions if the old law goes back into effect.

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