With the overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday, many pro-abortion Democrats are turning to unconventional methods to circumvent statewide abortion regulations. The latest of these Democrats was Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, who has promised to grant clemency to abortionists who would be charged under his state’s abortion ban.
In Wisconsin, an 1849 law banning abortion (that would later be nullified as a result of Roe v. Wade in 1973) retook effect following the Supreme Court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson. In spite of this news, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) has said he will refuse to enforce the law, though his refusal does not prevent district attorneys or state lawmakers from taking action.
Hence, Evers is aiming to fill any gaps in the swing state’s pro-abort leadership.
Evers first brought up his plan at the Wisconsin Democratic Convention on Saturday, saying, “The 1849 law says that anybody that provides an abortion is subject to a felony, one to six years. Did you ever think about the word clemency? I will provide clemency to any physician that is charged under that law.”
Evers also called SCOTUS' Friday ruling “bullsh*t” to thunderous applause from the Democrat audience, and added, “I don’t think that a law that was written before the Civil War, or before women secured the right to vote, should be used to dictate these intimate decisions on reproductive health.”
A handful of Democratic politicians are suddenly finding themselves in states that no longer permit abortion, and as such, are throwing anything and everything against the wall to see what sticks.
In the neighboring Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is suing in an attempt to nullify Michigan’s pre-Roe abortion ban through the state Supreme Court. And as I covered on Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is just bursting at the seams with potential loopholes for her party to take advantage of.
The abortion fight has clearly not ended with the overturning of Roe, and states are finding themselves in uncharted territory as pro-abortion politicians turn to increasingly desperate solutions.