On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade, making elective abortions illegal in Wisconsin. A legislation passed in 1849 outlaws the operation overall, with the exception of when the mother’s life is in danger.
However, the matter is in the court nowadays. A Wisconsin judge is all set to hear a lawsuit challenging the ban.
Democratic state attorney general Josh Kaul filed the complaint in Dane County circuit court last June in an effort to overturn the restriction.
Just one year after becoming a state, in 1849, Wisconsin passed a law outlawing abortion. According to the legislation, abortion is a criminal that carries a possible $10,000 fine and a maximum sentence of 6 years in jail.
The 1985 law allows abortions up until a fetus can survive outside the womb, whereas the earlier law forbade abortions unless they were necessary to save the mother’s life.
Josh Kaul is of the opinion that the law is so outdated from today’s perspective. Besides, it was enacted without people’s consent.
Observers believe that despite the results at the proposed hearing, the matter will not end there. Next possible legal actions will be taken until an amiable verdict is made.
Following the ruling in Roe v. Wade, legislation was passed in response, including a 1987 law that eliminated the punishment for those who underwent the procedure.
A further set of adjustments to Wisconsin’s abortion laws were made in 1878, 1947, 1953, and 1955, all of which built on the 1858 revisions.