Wisconsin Gov. Evers plans to fight in courts for abortion rights in state

"Everything is on the table" to fight for reproductive rights, including possible executive action, Evers says

LA CROSSE (WKBT) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he will likely fight for abortion rights via the legal system.

“Clearly, one of the things that can be done is going to court,” the Democratic governor said.

The 5-4 Supreme Court decision to strike down Roe v. Wade has put a Wisconsin abortion ban from 1849 back into effect. That law bans abortions unless the mother’s health is in danger.

“We’re going to continue to fight,” Evers said. “This is a bad day for Wisconsin. This is a bad day for our country.”

Other Wisconsin Democrats, including State Rep. Jill Billings of La Crosse, feel the same way as the governor.

“I’d say the Supreme Court is extreme now,” Billings said. “Roe v. Wade was the law of the land for 50 years.”

Joe Heim, a La Crosse political analyst, said the issue of abortion rights could galvanize Democrats just in time for the midterms.

“There are some people on the pro-choice side that are very strong on it,” he said.

Meanwhile, William Garcia, chair of the La Crosse Democratic Party, is still processing the Supreme Court’s decision and its impact.

“It is an absolutely horrifying decision, and I am constantly in my head thinking of that old saying that no one is free unless we all are free,” he said.

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