Judge rules Wisconsin's 1849 law does not ban abortions, setting stage for Supreme Court case

Posted on AllSides December 5th, 2023
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MADISON — A Dane County judge on Tuesday ruled that a 174-year-old law thought to prohibit abortion in Wisconsin does not, in fact, do so. "The Court declares Wis. Stat. § 940.04 does not prohibit abortions," wrote Dane County Circuit Judge Diane Schlipper. Schlipper ruled that the law in question, a statute written in 1849, does not apply to abortions but to feticide. With the 1849 statute no longer in effect, Wisconsin returns to its pre-Dobbs abortion laws, under which abortion is banned 20 weeks after "probable fertilization." Planned Parenthood...

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