Wisconsin Abortion Laws
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Abortion is illegal in Wisconsin unless necessary to save the life of the mother.
In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which returned to the states the power to regulate, even prohibit, abortion. Wisconsin has a law from 1849 on the books that prohibits all abortions. That law is currently subject to legal challenges. This area of law is highly fluid.
Below is a summary of Wisconsin abortion laws. See FindLaw's Abortion section for more general information, including the history of abortion law in the U.S.
|Statutory Definition of Illegal Abortion||(1) Intentionally destroys life of unborn child; (2) causes death of mother during procedure;|
|Statutory Definition of Legal Abortion||Necessary to save life of mother or advised by two other M.D.s as necessary|
|Penalty for Unlawful Abortion||Person other than mother performs abortion: Class H felony; mother dies or intentionally destroys life of unborn quick child: Class E felony|
|Physician Licensing Requirements||Licensed M.D., licensed maternity hospital except in medical emergency|
Note: State laws are constantly changing — contact a Wisconsin attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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