Pro-abortion protests have erupted inside Wisconsin’s state Capitol Building after Republicans rejected a special legislative session that aimed to legalize abortion.
On Wednesday afternoon Gov. Tony Evers called for a special session that aimed to repeal Wisconsin’s 1849 law that makes it illegal for doctors to perform abortions.
However, Ever’s plan was quickly soiled due to the fact Wisconsin’s state Legislature has a majority of Republicans who voted against holding a special session to vote on repealing the law.
As a result, this occurred in Wisconsin’s Capitol:
Why isn’t the mainstream media talking about the insurrection at the Wisconsin state capitol with these pro abortion protestors? https://t.co/C6cmxhLhFZ
— Cassady Campbell (@Ccampbellbased) June 22, 2022
BREAKING: Wisconsin Republicans have blocked Gov Evers attempt to overturn the state's 173-year old abortion ban as Planned Parenthood protesters scream from the balcony of the state capital
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 22, 2022
The Milwaukee Journal had more on the story:
Republican lawmakers who control the state Legislature on Wednesday rejected a special legislative session called by Gov. Tony Evers to overturn an 1849 law that would outlaw abortion in the state except when necessary to save the life of the mother.
Evers first called Wednesday’s session earlier this month in response to a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating a majority of justices are poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, leaving abortion access laws up to the states.
Wisconsin’s 1849 law is currently on the books but has been unenforceable since 1973, following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to guarantee abortion as a right.
That could change this summer should Roe fall, creating a scenario in which seeking professional help to terminate a pregnancy could essentially become illegal statewide overnight.
The 1849 statute would most directly target doctors who perform abortions, as the law punishes “any person, other than the mother, who intentionally destroys the life of an unborn child” with a Class H felony, which may result in up to a six-year prison sentence.
BREAKING: Pro-abortion activists swarm Wisconsin state capital as GOP block attempt to overturn abortion banhttps://t.co/50kClhdjgJ
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 22, 2022
The Post Millenial got the scoop too:
On Wednesday afternoon, the Republican-majority Wisconsin legislature quickly rejected a special legislative session called by Governor Tony Evers in regards to overturning the state’s abortion law.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, both the Senate and Assembly meetings regarding the law lasted under 30 seconds, with the Republican majority quickly gaveling out of both sessions.
Evers called for the special session earlier this month following the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that indicated a majority of the justices would overturn Roe v. Wade.
While the state’s law would go after doctors or providers that assist women in getting abortions, it does not expressly punish women who perform their own abortions, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Abortion advocates chant “abortion is a human right” in the Capitol rotunda ahead of today’s special session to overturn Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban. pic.twitter.com/xc3CU9aDlQ
— Kate Morton (@kmmorton_7) June 22, 2022