Wisconsin Supreme Court race to determine future of abortion

 April 4, 2023

While other stories dominate the headlines, a Wisconsin election on Tuesday is one of the more important state elections in recent history.

According to Breitbart, the Wisconsin Supreme Court race is not only the most expensive judicial race in history, it will also determine the future of the state's abortion laws, and the overall balance of power.

A Washington Post report noted that "the candidates, political parties, and ideological groups have spent more than $30 million on the race, obliterating the record for a judicial election that was established two decades ago in Illinois."

Everyone's watching to see who will prevail, to see if the state's 1849 "trigger" abortion laws will be upheld.

What's happening?

Breitbart explained the high stakes of the outcome of the race.

After the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision last summer, an 1849 Wisconsin law banning abortions except to save the life of the mother went into effect, and abortion clinics shut down or stopped performing abortions across the state. The Democrat governor and state attorney general filed a lawsuit to overturn the ban, which a judge in Madison is considering.

The WaPo report noted that the case "is expected to make its way to the state Supreme Court in the next year or two."

Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz (D), a die-hard pro-abortion candidate, made her position clear on what she'll do if elected.

"I can tell you with certainty that if I’m elected on April 4th, I’m sure that we will be looking — I am sure we will be looking — at that 1849 law," she said.

She also went on record of calling the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade "wrong."

Influencers spread the word

Given the high stakes of the race, many high-profile conservatives and influencers raised awareness of the situation, including Donald Trump Jr.

"If you live in Wisconsin, call your neighbors and friends to be sure they vote for Daniel Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court.If you live outside Wisconsin but you know people who do live there, call them and remind them to vote for Daniel Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court," one Twitter user wrote.

Only time will tell who claims victory, but hopefully the turnout on the Republican side was enough to win.

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