Wis. Lawmaker Aims To Eliminate State Law Criminalizing Abortion

January 27, 2016 — Wisconsin Sen. Fred Risser (D) is proposing a measure that would eliminate an unenforceable statute criminalizing abortion in the state, WHBL reports (WHBL, 1/22). According to the Wisconsin Radio Network, Risser has issued a notice soliciting co-sponsors for the bill.

According to Risser, the state has kept the law in place even though the Supreme Court made it obsolete in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. "It is time to take this harsh and obsolete law out of our books," he said, adding, "Abortion is a routine medical procedure that should be safe and accessible to all women."

According to the Wisconsin Radio Network, the state Legislature is unlikely to pass the measure. Conservative state lawmakers blocked previous efforts to eliminate the statute, arguing that it should remain in place in case Roe is ever overturned (Beckett, Wisconsin Radio Network, 1/22).