Wisconsin attorney general to challenge state abortion ban dating to 1849

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Wisconsin’s top legal officer has gone to court to try to prevent an 1849 abortion ban from being revived.

Because there’s a question of whether the Wisconsin abortion ban passed 173 years ago is in effect, Attorney General Josh Kaul says last week’s reversal of Roe v Wade has effectively stopped safe and legal abortions in the state.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision has made women less safe, less equal and less free, he says. It has sent the issue of abortion back to states.

“We’re talking about returning Wisconsin to the 19th Century. This law was passed well before women had the right to vote. It was passed before the Civil War,” Kaul said.

In the meantime, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he would grant clemency to anyone prosecuted under the 1849 law.

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