A Better Wisconsin Together Applauds Wisconsin Supreme Court Order to Hear Abortion Rights Case

MADISON, Wis. – In a positive step toward fully protecting safe and legal abortion access in the Badger State, the Wisconsin Supreme Court announced today that it will take up the case of Planned Parenthood v. Urmanski, in which the justices could rule to protect Wisconsinites’ right to comprehensive abortion care. 

The case, brought by Planned Parenthood, could determine whether abortion access is protected under our state constitution. 

In response to the state Supreme Court’s decision to take up this case, the following are comments from A Better Wisconsin Together Communications Director Lucy Ripp:

Wisconsinites have made it clear that they overwhelmingly want safe and legal abortion access across the state. The progressive court majority’s decision to hear this case means that a pathway remains open to a Wisconsin where politicians have no place in our exam rooms, and where elected officials have no business mandating decisions that ought to be made between a patient and their doctor.

A Better Wisconsin Together applauds the court’s progressive majority for continuing to do their job of hearing cases where Wisconsinites’ rights and freedoms are at stake, even as the court’s conservative minority push to do the bidding of MAGA politicians and restrict our freedoms under the law.”

Notably, the right-wing justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court are not the only judges in Wisconsin who wish to weaponize archaic laws in an attempt to restrict Wisconsinites’ freedom to access abortion care.

At an event in May, Brad Schimel – former Republican Attorney General and current MAGA Circuit Court Judge seeking a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court – confirmed his position that an 1849 law should be used to ban abortion access, reportedly saying he was “firmly pro-life” and that “… the Wisconsin 1849 law is valid …”

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A Better Wisconsin Together is a state-based research and communications hub for progressives and is an affiliate of ProgressNow.