Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion activists took over the Wisconsin State Capitol building on Wednesday as Republicans prepared to uphold a pro-life law ahead of the Roe v Wade decision.
Gov. Tony Evers called a special legislative session to repeal the 173-year ban earlier in June. Although the legislature is required to convene, they are not obligated to act on legislation.
“We must act now to protect the health and safety of Wisconsin women and to ensure abortions remain safe, legal and accessible in our state,” Evers said in a statement.
The Republican-led legislature gaveled in and out of the session without voting to repeal the ban.
“Wisconsin law has not changed and our pro-life position has not changed. Killing innocent babies is not health care,” said Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said in a statement.
With legislators in session, the Capitol rotunda filled with pro-abortion protesters, chanting, “Whose choice? Our Choice!” “If we don’t get it, shut it down! If we don’t get it, shut it down!”
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin tweeted, “The people of Wisconsin support access to abortion! Our legislators need to listen and pass the Abortion Rights Preservation Act!”
The people of Wisconsin support access to abortion! Our legislators need to listen and pass the Abortion Rights Preservation Act!#PinkOutTheCapitol #BansOffOurBodies pic.twitter.com/1MwxE6ThOn
— Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin (@PPAWI) June 22, 2022
Conservative Jack Posobiec slammed the group on social media as “insurrectionists” for invading the Madison Capitol building.
WATCH: Planned Parenthood insurrectionists scream inside Wisconsin state capital as GOP upholds 173 year-old law criminalizing abortion pic.twitter.com/h9tylNJfHc
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 22, 2022
Emilee Fannon, a reporter for CBS 58 in Milwaukee, posted a video of the session opening and closing.
As expected, the Senate quickly gavels in and out of Gov. Evers special session within seconds without taking votes to repeal Wisconsin's abortion ban. https://t.co/PLjfUfavYb pic.twitter.com/qNUb1BQoNG
— Emilee Fannon (@Emilee_Fannon) June 22, 2022
CBS 58 reporter Gabriella Bachara explained that if Roe v. Wade is overturned, the 1849 law made abortion a felony offense, and it would likely retake effect.
The 173-year-old law has been unenforceable since 1973, according to The Cap Times.