Wisconsin politicians and organizations weigh-in on landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade

Early reaction is coming in fast
U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.(MGN / Joe Ravi / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 10:07 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Wisconsin’s politicians are tweeting their reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade.

Governor Tony Evers released a lengthy statement saying in part: “This is an unfathomably grim day for our state and our country. I am heartbroken—for the millions of Wisconsinites and Americans the U.S. Supreme Court has abandoned and for our country and our democratic institutions. This is an absolutely disastrous and unconscionable decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the consequences of which I hoped to never see again in my lifetime,”

Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson tweeted: “Today is a victory for life and for those who have fought for decades to protect the unborn. For almost 50 years the decision of nine unelected Justices prevented a democratically derived consensus on the profound moral issue of abortion. Now the debate can be returned to states.”

Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released a statement saying in part: “Republicans have taken women back to 1849 and it is republicans who want to keep us there with support for having politicians interfere with the freedoms of women who will now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers have had for decades.”

Democratic state senator Melissa Agard stated that this was a horrible day for our country.

Majority Leader Senator Devin LeMahieu declared “Life wins!”

Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Mandela Barnes and current Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes tweeted: “The Supreme Court just struck down Roe v. Wade. There is no reason to put women in danger and take us back in time. Congress needs to act now, enough wasting time.”

GOP candidate for Wisconsin governor and former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch tweeted that she remains committed to her pro-life stance.

Attorney General Josh Kaul has said in the past that his office does not plan to prosecute anyone who seeks to have an abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned. He tweeted: “We must now turn to Congress, state courts, and state legislatures. Our office is reviewing today’s decision and will be providing further information about how we intend to move forward next week. We are at a crossroads for the future of reproductive freedom, and we need elected officials to step up and protect access to safe and legal abortion.”

Democratic U.S. congressman Mark Pocan tweeted: “Awful Supreme Court decision today that is a politically motivated attack on women and law, not on substance. Decades in the making. Those who don’t pay attention to politics risk losing more freedoms. Remember in November.”

Organizations throughout the area reacted as well.

Public Health Madison and Dane County said they were devastated by the news.

Public Health Madison & Dane County issues the following statement regarding the Supreme County decision on abortion rights: https://bit.ly/3beGDl1

Posted by Public Health Madison & Dane County on Friday, June 24, 2022

Wisconsin Family Action celebrated the overturn, and called on officials to enforce the 1849 law the criminalizes abortions in Wisconsin.

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