Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Wisconsin Pro-Life Org Says Pro-Abortion Groups Lied About Jailing Women

A Wisconsin pro-life group says pro-abortion organizations there have lied about the status of a pro-life law on the books that would prohibit abortions if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. Both NARAL and Planned Parenthood have made statements saying the abortion ban would be used to put women in jail when it actually targets abortion practitioners.

Today, NARAL's Wisconsin affiliate put out a press release claiming that the abortion ban on the books "could be used to threaten women with up to 3-1/2 years in prison and fines up to $10,000."

Wisconsin Right to Life says the two abortion advocacy groups have been promoting the falsehood for months, claiming that women would be prosecuted if Roe is reversed.
"What these disingenuous pro-abortion organizations fail to tell the public is that Wisconsin has more than one law dealing with abortion on our lawbooks," Susan Armacost, WRL's legislative director, explained in a statement provided to

"In 1985, a law, s. 940.13, was enacted that removed any and all penalties to women that were contained in s. 940.04," Armacost said. "We should know because Wisconsin Right to Life strongly supported and worked for the enactment of that law. "The truth is that when s.940.04 comes back into effect, no women will be penalized in any way for obtaining an abortion," Armacost added. [snip]

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