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Planned Parenthood Wisconsin has stopped scheduling abortions… for now

All three Planned Parenthood facilities in Wisconsin have temporarily stopped scheduling abortions, in anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. That ruling could determine whether or not Roe v. Wade is overturned, and that decision is expected to be released this month.

According to the Associated Press, Planned Parenthood is not scheduling any abortions past June 25. The nation’s largest abortion chain expects Roe to be overturned, and therefore, believes there is no point in continuing to schedule abortion appointments.

“One of the hardest aspects of this is not knowing what day this decision will come down and what it will be,” Michelle Velasquez, the director of legal advocacy and services at Planned Parenthood Wisconsin, said. “The unknown has been difficult.”

READ: Politifact confirms Wisconsin governor gave Planned Parenthood millions in COVID-19 relief

Currently, Wisconsin has a law dating back to 1849 banning abortions, one Governor Tony Evers is currently attempting to eliminate. If it remain in place, then preborn children would be protected in Wisconsin. But for now, Planned Parenthood is arranging for women to undergo abortions in the neighboring states of Illinois and Minnesota. “Even if we can’t provide the medications or we can’t do a procedure, we are absolutely able to help people find the care they need,” Velasquez said.

Evers is holding a special session on June 22 to potentially repeal the 1849 abortion law.

Wisconsin is largely a pro-abortion state, especially under Evers’ leadership. Evers gave Planned Parenthood millions of dollars meant to be for COVID-19 relief. The Evers administration claimed it was justifiable, as the money allegedly did not go towards abortion. But funding for Planned Parenthood is fungible; money given to the organization props up its abortion business, regardless of whether or not it is spent directly on killing preborn children. Evers also vetoed five pro-life bills — including one that would have given medical care to abortion survivors — and reaffirmed his commitment to abortion.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again today: as long as I’m governor, I will veto any legislation that turns back the clock on reproductive rights in this state — and that’s a promise,” he said. Though Republicans do have enough of a majority to get the bills passed, they do not have enough votes to override Evers’ vetoes.

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