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How A New Majority On Wisconsin's Supreme Court Could Impact Reproductive Health

Judge Janet Protasiewicz, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, speaks to attendees at her election night event Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

Angela Major

How A New Majority On Wisconsin's Supreme Court Could Impact Reproductive Health

Judge Janet Protasiewicz, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, speaks to attendees at her election night event Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

Angela Major

How A New Majority On Wisconsin's Supreme Court Could Impact Reproductive Health

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, a 19th century abortion ban took effect in Wisconsin and forced those practicing and seeking reproductive healthcare to travel across state lines. Earlier this week, voters elected Judge Janet Protasiewicz to become a justice on Wisconsin's Supreme Court, flipping control of the court to liberals for the first time in 15 years. That could have big implications on the future of abortion in the state. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dr. Kristen Lyerly, an OB-GYN from Green Bay, Wisconsin, about how the judicial change could impact Wisconsin doctors who provide reproductive healthcare and their patients. In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community. Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Judge Janet Protasiewicz, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, speaks to attendees at her election night event Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel in Milwaukee, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

Angela Major

 

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last year, a 19th century abortion ban took effect in Wisconsin and forced those practicing and seeking reproductive healthcare to travel across state lines.

Earlier this week, voters elected Judge Janet Protasiewicz to become a justice on Wisconsin's Supreme Court, flipping control of the court to liberals for the first time in 15 years. That could have big implications on the future of abortion in the state.

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dr. Kristen Lyerly, an OB-GYN from Green Bay, Wisconsin, about how the judicial change could impact Wisconsin doctors who provide reproductive healthcare and their patients.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

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