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WMF Wisconsin: Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Roe vs. Wade

WMF Wisconsin is here for you

The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has overturned Roe v. Wade. With this ruling, the high court has not only allowed Mississippi to enforce its harmful 15-week abortion ban, but it has decimated the right to an abortion for people across the United States.

Abortion bans of any kind are part of systems of oppression that deny Black, Indigenous, and People of Color their rights. Abortion bans rooted in anti-Black racism, white supremacy, classism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination.

This 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi is part of a larger system of oppression that exacerbates the existing inequalities and barrier in access to health care. This will fall hardest on Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, people in rural areas, young people, undocumented people, people experiencing homelessness, and low-income families.

Without Roe v. Wade, it is possible that half of the states will outright ban abortion or significantly limit the legal right to an abortion. In WMF Wisconsin’s home state of Wisconsin, a pre-Civil War abortion ban is still on the books. We face a very real possibility of that being reinstated. 

But abortion funds, clinics, and support networks are STILL HERE to help. 

WMF Wisconsin, one of the nation’s oldest abortion funds, was founded in 1972. That is before Roe v. Wade. And we will continue to support people in receiving an abortion without Roe. Simply put, we are not going anywhere.

Abortion is health care. Abortion is normal. Abortion is a human right. People have always had abortion and always will regardless of the law. We do not rely on the system to save us. We stand up for each other. That’s the true power of abortion funds.

Last year, WMF Wisconsin supported 1,500 people in receiving an abortion. That is a 30% increase from 2020. We will continue to push for a better future where abortion- and all healthcare- is accessible. 

WMF Wisconsin is currently collaborating with partner organizations and other abortion funds in the region to create new infrastructures that will support Wisconsin residents who need to travel to other states for abortion care.

As of 9:00 AM on Friday, June 24, no clinics in Wisconsin are providing abortion care. However, you still have options. POWERS (Pregnancy Options Wisconsin) is a group of volunteer doctors, midwives, doulas, educators, and activists who are committed to supporting pregnant people with safe and accurate information and help connect you to resources. Call (608)-514-1714 or visit https://www.pregnancyoptionswi.org/

There’s never been a more necessary time for us to come together and celebrate our collective power. Consider becoming a monthly donor with WMF Wisconsin: https://wiabortionfund.org/donate/ and fill out our Volunteer Interest Form: https://wiabortionfund.org/volunteer-interest-survey/