A message from our Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health Director, Sara Finger:
Now what? The draft opinion from the US Supreme Court has been leaked and we have all been awakened to how serious and real the threat to abortion access in the United States is.
For those of us working daily to advocate for women's health and wellbeing, the news of a Supreme Court's draft decision to overturn Roe sadly does come as a surprise. We knew this action was likely coming and we knew the consequences of this would be devastating.
Never before in the history of our country has a constitutional right been given and then taken away. A half century of established rights that are supported by 70% of Americans is about to be swept away by conservatives.
The result of the Supreme Court's actions in the states, particularly in Wisconsin is devastating. The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will result in abortions being illegal in our state. In 1849, the Wisconsin State Legislature passed a law criminalizing abortion in the state. This law does not include any exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the pregnant person. The only thing that has stopped this archaic law from being enforceable in Wisconsin is the 1973 Roe decision. Now that Roe is poised to be overturned, this 1879 "zombie law" will come back to life and devastate access to abortion are in our state.
Many of us are angry, devastated, disappointed, anxious, shocked, paralyzed, numb, and feeling helpless and hopeless. We're already grieving the loss of our autonomy, our privacy, and our fundamental rights. But grief is not inaction or surrender. Grief is the opposite of indifference. It truly is time to collectively grieve and it is time to turn that grief into action.
This action by the Supreme Court must serve a clarion call to join the fight for abortion rights and justice. Silence and inaction in this moment is simply not an option. This moment presents a critical opportunity to stand up, speak up, and show up. And to help us engage like never before, here are my suggestions on how to fight back in this moment:
I'm pro-Becky who found out at her 20 week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life sustaining organs.
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Sara Finger, Executive Director