Hundreds of abortion activists—most of whom wore pink and carried signs supplied by Planned Parenthood—stormed the capitol’s rotunda to disrupt proceedings as the state’s GOP-led legislature debated whether to uphold the state’s 173 year-old ban on abortion.
As expected, the Senate quickly gavels in and out of Gov. Evers special session within seconds without taking votes to repeal Wisconsin’s abortion ban. https://t.co/PLjfUfavYb pic.twitter.com/qNUb1BQoNG
— Emilee Fannon (@Emilee_Fannon) June 22, 2022
The federal abortion mandate established by the Supreme Court’s controversial Roe v. Wade decision may be overturned as early as Friday, according to a leaked draft opinion that has led abortion rioters to mobilize in recent weeks.
Attendees, some with megaphones, called to shut “it” down if abortions are outlawed in the state.
Planned Parenthood tweeted its support of the insurrection along with a video of the rioters.
“The people of Wisconsin support access to abortion!” it said. “Our legislators need to listen and pass the Abortion Rights Preservation Act!”
So far, the FBI and DOJ have remained silent, and no arrests or investigations have been announced. However, the FBI claimed recently that it has been investigating violent attacks that have been trending across the nation since the leak of an opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health, which the court heard as part of its spring docket.
Those attacks have largely targeted pregnancy resource centers and faith-based organizations. The FBI says it is considering those cases potential acts of domestic terrorism.
This isn’t the first time that leftists have mounted an insurrection at the Wisconsin State Capitol. In 2011, Democrat constituents stormed the building after then-Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, discussed plans to cut the state’s budget. The cuts threatened to slash union control and require state employees to contribute more to their benefits.
That crowed drew more than 40,000 rioters and crippled the capital city of Madison. Several Democrat legislators fled the state, attempting both to prevent the vote and avoid arrest by state police. The state was facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit at that time.