Evers, Governors Demand Federal Abortion Rights Bill
Evers leads 17 Democratic governors pushing Congress to take action.
Responding to the leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion, a group of 17 governors led by Gov. Tony Evers called on Congress Tuesday to pass legislation guaranteeing abortion rights under federal law.
“Reproductive healthcare decisions are deeply personal and should be made by patients in consultation with their healthcare providers, not by politicians,” states the letter that Evers and the other governors, all Democrats, sent to Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
“Despite the widespread support for reproductive freedom, in many states across the nation, a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs that reflects the draft opinion would immediately limit access to reproductive healthcare and, in some states, could even criminalize abortion, ending constitutional rights that have been recognized for nearly 50 years,” the letter states.
Wisconsin is one such state, with a 19th-century law on the books outlawing abortion that has never been repealed.
The governors’ letter calls for the immediate passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act, protecting the right to abortion nationally. The House passed the measure in September 2021.
It concludes: “Overturning Roe will turn back the clock on reproductive health, and Congress must immediately take action to ensure that our nation does not go backward and that the rights of all Americans to access reproductive healthcare and abortion continue to be protected.”
In a press release announcing the letter, Evers’ office noted that the governor has several times vetoed legislation restricting abortion access. The press release also noted that Marquette University Law School polling has found that 61% of state residents believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, and 72% oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.
Evers leads letter from governors calling for passage of federal abortion rights bill was originally published by the Wisconsin Examiner.