Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will resume abortion services Monday at its Water Street Health Center in Milwaukee and its Madison East Health Center, the organization announced Thursday.
Planned Parenthood Wisconsin chose to temporarily suspend abortion services after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2022, reinstating an 1849 abortion ban in Wisconsin. Since then, Wisconsin attorneys and healthcare practitioners have actively pursued a plan to reintroduce abortion services in the state, according to the press release.
The move comes after the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided to allow a lawsuit challenge against the enforceability of Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban. In its ruling, the court stated that Wisconsin Statute 940.04 does not prohibit consensual abortion care.
“With the recent confirmation from the Court that there is not an enforceable abortion ban in Wisconsin, our staff can now provide the full scope of sexual and reproductive health care to anyone in Wisconsin who needs it, no matter what,” Tanya Atkinson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said in the statement.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said in a tweet Thursday that it is critical for Wisconsin women and patients to receive reproductive healthcare, and that he will fight “like hell every day” for Wisconsinites to have the right to make healthcare decisions.
“I will never let up. And we must not let up. Our fight to restore the same reproductive rights and freedoms Wisconsinites had up until the day the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe's continuum,” Evers said.
Schedules will be open today for patients to book appointments beginning Monday, Sept. 18.
“We believe everybody deserves access to high quality, affordable, nonjudgmental health care — including abortion,” said Amy Doczy, Vice President of Patient Services at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
This is a developing story.
Ava Menkes is the state news editor at The Daily Cardinal. She has covered multiple stories about Wisconsin politics and written in-depth about nurses unions and youth voter turnout. Follow her on Twitter at @AvaMenkes.