MADISON, Wis. — Today, Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order calling a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to create a pathway for voters to decide on abortion access in Wisconsin.
Gov. Evers believes the will of the people is the law of the land. Wisconsin’s constitution currently does not allow statewide referendum, but this proposal would give voters an important voice on multiple issues, including access to abortion.
Gov. Evers’ proposal has bipartisan support, as U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson newly suggested last week that the issue of abortion should be brought to a statewide referendum.
During his first term, Gov. Evers has vetoed nine anti-abortion bills, and earlier this year, Gov. Evers led a coalition of governors calling on Congress to protect reproductive freedom and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.
“On the ceiling of the Governor’s Conference Room in the Capitol is a phrase I’ve often repeated over the last three years: ‘the will of the people is the law of the land.’ Well, right now in Wisconsin, when it comes to reproductive freedom, the will of the people isn’t the law of the land—but it damn well should be,” said Gov. Evers. “Today, I’m calling the Legislature into special session to create a pathway for Wisconsinites to be able to repeal our 1849-era criminal abortion ban and to ensure women across our state will go back to having the same rights now that they did the day before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade without having to wait for the courts.”
See below for a roundup of coverage on Gov. Evers’ call for a special session.
AP: Wisconsin’s Evers proposes pathway for abortion vote
CBS 58: Gov. Evers calls special session to vote on “pathway” to repeal state abortion ban
Channel 3000: Evers calls special session to amend constitution to allow public vote on abortion law
NBC 15: Evers calls for special session over Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban
WBAY: Wisconsin Gov. Evers calls special session to create pathway to repealing abortion ban