MADISON, Wis. — Ahead of the one year anniversary of the disastrous Dobbs decision striking down reproductive rights and reviving an archaic 1849 criminal abortion ban in Wisconsin, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler and Biden-Harris National Advisory Board Member Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway gathered in Madison to highlight the impact of the decision on Wisconsinites and outline the stakes of the 2024 election for abortion access in our state.
See below for some of what Wisconsinites are watching, reading and hearing one year after Dobbs:
“Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler said the 2024 election will be in part a nationwide referendum on abortion rights and that Wisconsin will be a key state. He argued Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is an ‘essential leader’ on legislation surrounding reproductive health and that keeping her in office could be pivotal in a narrowly divided Senate.”
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“Ben Wikler discussed the importance of the 2024 election to protect reproductive rights, hitting home a favorite rallying point for Democrats in which they use the issue of reproductive rights to increase funding and voter turnout.
“He points to the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would prevent governments from regulating abortions before viability. A previous version has been approved by the United States House, but has failed in the Senate: ‘[…] what happens in 2024 will hinge on Wisconsin. And it will hinge, not just in the Presidential race, but also in the fight for the Senate majority. Because the question of whether the United States Senate will pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to write the protections from Roe v. Wade, the protections for reproductive freedom into law, will depend on what might be yet again a one-seat majority in the US Senate. And the Senator most critical to that majority is Senator Tammy Baldwin.’”