After Roe, abortion is illegal in most circumstances. Hear from Wisconsin Family Action about what’s at stake, and how you can be part of the fight for life. Then, keep reading to find out more about your state’s post-Roe abortion laws.
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THE BIG QUESTION
After Roe, does my state ban nearly all abortions or allow nearly all abortions?
Wisconsin has a statute making abortion illegal in nearly all circumstances. Wis. Stat. § 940.04(1). However, courts have interpreted this statute in different ways. Wisconsin also has other legal restrictions on abortion—read more about them below.
MORE ABOUT YOUR STATE’S ABORTION LAWS
Below, we’ve summarized what abortion laws are in your state after Roe.
Abortion Limits, Exceptions and Enforcement
Limitations on abortions
If my state won’t ban all abortions, what are the limits to abortion?
Wisconsin has a statute making abortion illegal in nearly all circumstances. Wis. Stat. § 940.04(1).
Wisconsin also has a post-viability ban that prohibits abortion when, in the subjective judgment of the mother’s attending physician, the baby is reasonably likely to survive outside the womb with or without life support. Wis. Stat. § 940.15(1).
Exceptions to any limitations
Are there any exceptions to those limitations placed on abortion?
The abortion ban for nearly all abortions contains an exception for when abortion is necessary, or is advised by 2 other physicians as necessary, to save the life of the mother. Wis. Stat. § 940.04(1).
The post-viability ban includes an exception for when an abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother or to preserve her health. Wis. Stat. § 940.15(3).
Penalties for performing an illegal abortion
What are the penalties to abortion providers for committing an illegal abortion (one of the forms of abortion that my state has limited under the law)?
Yes: a violation of the abortion ban for nearly all abortions is a Class E felony. Wis. Stat. § 940.04(2).
A violation of the post-viability ban is a Class I felony. Wis. Stat. § 940.15(2).
A violation of the physician requirement (see below) is a Class I felony. Wis. Stat. § 940.15(5).
When abortion laws are violated, who can file a lawsuit to enforce their rights and the law?
Parents whose minor child is injured during an abortion have a civil cause of action for emotional and physical injury done to the child. Wis. Stat. § 895.037(3).
Special standards of care
Does my state impose a special medical standard of care on abortion providers?
Yes, when an abortion is necessary to save the life or health of the mother, the attending physician must use the method which is most likely to preserve the life of the unborn child. Wis. Stat. § 940.15.
Protecting Fundamental Rights
Does my state give parents the right to consent for their child to get an abortion?
Yes, consent from one parent is required; however, this state has a method where a minor can obtain permission from the courts to receive an abortion without parental notice or consent. However, Wisconsin’s ban on nearly all abortions renders this provision unnecessary. Wis. Stat. § 48.375(4)(a).
Does my state have conscience protections for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions?
Yes: Any hospital staff member or employee may refuse, on moral or religious grounds, to assist in or perform an abortion. Wis. Stat. § 253.09(1).
Healthcare workers who refuse to assist in or perform an abortion are protected from civil liability and from employer retaliation. Wis. Stat. § 253.09(2)–(3).
Safety & Health of Women
Does an abortion have to be provided by a licensed physician in my state?
Yes, one must be a physician to perform abortions in Wisconsin. Wis. Stat. § 940.15(5).
Does my state’s law require that a woman give informed consent and/or receive counseling prior to allowing an abortion to be performed?
Yes, a woman seeking an abortion must be informed of particular medical risks associated with the abortion procedure (Wis. Stat. § 253.10(3)(c)(1)(c)) and available medical assistance for pregnancy and childbirth. Wis. Stat. § 253.10(3)(c)(2)(a).
This applies to minors and their parents or guardians also, with exceptions. Wis. Stat. § 253.10(3)(c)(7).