Pro-life supporters ‘March for Life’ around Wisconsin State Capitol building

MADISON, Wis.– A debate that’s gone on for nearly five decades is continuing into 2021, as a group of pro-life supporters marched around the Wisconsin State Capitol Saturday morning for the March for Life event.

The message coming from pro-life supporters hasn’t changed much in the 48 years since the United State Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, but they hope this year might bring action in their favor.

“Pandemic or no pandemic, we are pro-life,” Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director Dan Miller said. “We would love to see legislation passed that ends abortion, legally and also, in the hearts and minds of moms and dads who are considering abortion.”

Miller said he’s not so confident the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, even with the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

“I would rather see our president pass an executive order like Lincoln did to free the slaves, the Emancipation Proclamation, and to free the preborn babies,” Miller said.

The group was challenged on Saturday, not by any pro-choice supporters, but rather by people who share the same message.

“No more birth control, no more take action,” Alex Wirth said. “Life begins at conception and that’s when you wouldn’t be able to murder a baby.”

Wirth said his organization, Missionaries to the Preborn, has a different approach.

“We want to completely abolish abortion and not just regulate it,” Wirth said. “That’s what the pro-life movement has been doing for the past 48 years.”

Like Miller, Wirth isn’t holding his breath for a new Supreme Court ruling, but would rather see the state’s lawmakers get the ball rolling.

“That’s really the only way that we can do it,” Wirth said. “The legislator takes back the power to make laws and doesn’t listen to the courts when it comes to lawmaking abilities.”

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is working to expand access to abortions in the state by taking the issue to Federal Court in December.

“Deciding to start a family, delay becoming a parent, or ending a pregnancy are some of the most personal decisions a woman could make,” Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin President and CEO Tanya Atkinson said. “PPWI is challenging these restrictions because they interfere with a woman’s ability to make her own health care decisions and make it more difficult to access the care she needs.”

Current state laws make it so only doctors can perform abortions, patients are required to see that same doctor on two separate visits and the use of telemedicine is banned.