‘Worked and prepared for this day’: Wisconsin Family Action happy with Roe reversal

MADISON, Wis. — While abortion service providers like Planned Parenthood are upset with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, those who have been working to ban abortion are celebrating Friday.

Wisconsin Family Action, which saw its Madison office targeted last month, issued a statement Friday morning saying they hope the ruling restores a respect for life.

“For my entire adult life, I have worked and prepared for this day,” Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling said. “I remain hopeful that Wisconsin’s pre-Roe prohibition on abortion will only be eclipsed by an authentic respect for life ethic. I pray that grace and compassion toward all women experiencing unintended pregnancies becomes the norm and that those who have experienced an abortion and its after-effects would find healing and wholeness.”

Appling called on Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul to enforce Wisconsin’s previous ban on abortion, a law passed in 1849 that is once again in effect after Roe was overruled.

“We ask simply that you do your job and set aside your personal political agendas,” Appling said.

Kaul has previously said he does not plan to prosecute abortion providers and called on local district attorneys and law enforcement not to enforce the 173-year-old law. Some legal experts have questioned if the law is enforceable, but Appling is among those who believes it is.

Even with Friday’s Supreme Court decision, Wisconsin Family Action says it has more work to do.

“We will encourage compassion and grace for all who now regret their previous abortion decision. We will work to restore a respect life ethic throughout America, until abortion is un-thinkable, and the self-evident truths enumerated in our Declaration are restored and respected for all,” Appling said.

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