Empower Wisconsin | June 24, 2022
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Julaine Appling never thought she’d live to see the day — the end of Roe v. Wade.
While the executive director of pro-life Wisconsin Family Action is jubilant about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down the nearly 50-year-old flawed ruling granting constitutional protections for abortion, Appling is wary of what’s to come.
Seven weeks after Wisconsin Family Action’s Madison headquarters was firebombed by pro-abortion terrorists on Mother’s Day, her trepidation is understandable.
“This is a day I have been waiting for for nearly 50 years,” Appling said Friday within minutes of the official release of the High Court’s 6-3 Dobbs v. Jackson ruling. “Part of me never believed I would live to see it. I’m still trying to take it all in.”
Appling applauded the courage of the six conservative justices who stayed true to their constitutional arguments even in the wake of threats and violence — including a plot to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh — that followed the leak of the court’s draft opinion indicating it would knock out Roe.
The leader of a the Christian-based pro-life group has long lived under the spectre of violence, a threat that exploded in the early morning hours of May 8. That’s when Wisconsin Family Action was attacked. Madison police continue to investigate what they have described as an act of arson that damaged a corner office and burned books and carpeting before firefighters doused the flames. No one was injured.
The pro-abortion terrorist group “Jane’s Revenge” claimed responsibility, warning more acts of violence to come. It has claimed to have been involved with attacks on pro-life centers in Des Moines, Hollywood, Fla., New York, Oregon, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington.
Jane’s Revenge has promised a “Night of Rage” following the official release of the Supreme Court ruling.
“THE NIGHT SCOTUS OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE HIT THE STREETS YOU SAID YOU’D RIOT,” states a flier circulating around Washington, D.C. “TO OUR OPPRESSORS: IF ABORTIONS AREN’T SAFE, YOU’RE NOT EITHER. JANE’S REVENGE.”
Appling said security is in place at the Madison office.
“I hope we get through today, tonight and this weekend with no one hurt or property damage,” she said. “Violence is not the answer. It’s not going to help the dialogue or change the court’s decision.”
Protesters were beginning to amass around the U.S. Supreme Court and at some state Capitols as of early Friday afternoon.
Republicans have called on Evers to put the Wisconsin National Guard on standby in the event of disorderly protests and lawlessness.
Liberal politicians issued battle cry press releases.
“This decision is awful,” U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) said. “Throwing out nearly 50 years of settled law to eliminate fundamental human rights is outrageous and an insult to our democracy, where a significant majority of Americans wanted Roe to stand. I share the sadness, fear, and anger of that majority today.”
There was much rejoicing from those who believe abortion is murder and the unborn are entitled to the elemental rights guaranteed in the constitution — chief among them, the right to life.
“This is a monumental step toward the protection of all human life, including the most valuable among us, preborn children,” Wisconsin Right to Life said in a statement.
The court’s ruling returns to the states the power to set abortion laws.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Samuel Alito, wrote in the court’s majority opinion.
“The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Legal experts say Wisconsin’s longstanding ban on abortion, effectively frozen by Roe, will “spring back to life” unless the Legislature passes a different law. Gov. Tony Evers’ call for a special session to codify abortion protections in Wisconsin law was roundly rejected by Republicans this week.
“This is a massive victory for the sanctity of life in our Nation,” said state Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg). “The Supreme Court’s long-awaited decision restores lawmaking authority to the states and finally gives Wisconsin voters a voice in how they want to protect the most vulnerable.”
Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) says he will support the 1849 law that banned abortion in most cases in Wisconsin.
“Unless there is evidence indicating that those who came before us made an error, I will support Wisconsin’s current law that protects the right to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness for every unborn child.”
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