Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ issues Executive Order calling the Legislature Into Special Session to repeal abortion ban

By Wisconsin Right to Life

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order calling the Legislature into a special session in an attempt to repeal Wisconsin’s 1849 ban on abortion. Although the Governor is able to call a special session, he is not able to compel specific action from the Wisconsin Legislature.

 “We are disappointed but not surprised by Governor Evers’ disregard for the lives of preborn children in Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin Right to Life’s legislative director, Gracie Skogman. “We urge our state legislators to protect Statute 940.04. Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to advocate for the right to life for all, to ensure that our children and grandchildren have the opportunity to be born and live in a state that defends life.”

Heather Weininger, Wisconsin executive director, continued, “While we are facing so much heartbreaking violence in the world, we must not allow further violence in the womb. Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to peacefully advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.”

Wisconsin State Statute 940.04, Wisconsin’s pre-Roe ban on abortion, would be a powerful force to defend preborn life if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. In the decades following the Roe ruling, Wisconsin Right to Life has joined the pro-life community to defend 940.04 and ensure that all life would be valued and protected in a post-Roe Wisconsin.

Editor’s  note. Gov. Evers said the special session will take place at noon on June 22 in anticipation of the Supreme Court overturning Roe, according to WTMJ.  He said “A decision by Supreme Court to overturn Roe and decades of well-established precedent could have disastrous consequences for folks in every corner of our country.”

Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said in a statement that “Killing innocent babies is not healthcare. We will gavel out of another blatantly political special session.”