Currently, the state’s highest court is made up of 4 conservatives and 3 liberals, but with conservative Justice Patience Roggensack retiring, the majority of the court is up for grabs.
Four candidates so far have announced their campaigns for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, an election that has huge implications for the state.
The status of abortion access in Wisconsin remains under question, and the gubernatorial election will likely decide the future of abortion rights for the state.
On September 21st, Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order calling for a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to create a statewide referendum process as well as a constitutional amendment.
In 2004, while running for Senate, Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels filled out a questionnaire for “Pro-Life PAC”, a group that supported 100% pro-life candidates.
Recent reports have shown that Tim Michels, the Republican nominee for governor, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ organizations.
Healthcare providers in Wisconsin are stuck between what is best for their patients and what complies with the law following Dobbs v. Jackson, the US Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade’s precedent.
On July 8th, Biden signed an executive order with the goal of protecting access to reproductive health care services.
Since the ruling, Wisconsin’s 1849 law that banned almost all abortions, has immediately taken into effect again, adding a multitude of restrictions and possible penalties.
Without Roe v. Wade to protect the right to abortion federally, Wisconsin will have to rely on an abortion ban dating back to 1849.