pre-Civil War

How Wisconsin’s pre-Civil War abortion ban remained untouched during decades of political battle

"Last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, the legality of abortion was sent back to states — immediately reviving Wisconsin's pre-Civil War abortion ban.  Few if any states reverted to laws as old as Wisconsin’s. Over the nearly 50 years the ban was unenforceable, why had lawmakers never revoked it? In some ways, the answer is simple: There was never the political will. And in the years immediately following the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, the political lines when it came to abortion were blurred. It would take nearly a decade for the major parties in Wisconsin,…
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