Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors passed an “Abortion Access Resolution” on September 22. The resolution was passed by an overwhelming majority with 12 votes in favor and two votes against. The resolution was originally drafted by County Council Supervisors Liz Sumner and Shawn Rolland. Additionally, the grassroots organization Reproductive Justice Action – Milwaukee (RJA-M) called for an amendment to be added so that lawmakers in the state capital of Madison receive a clear message from Milwaukee County.
The amendment provided and reinforced original language explaining, first, that the United States has the worst maternal mortality rate among advanced economies, and three times higher for blacks; second, that abortion is necessary to save lives in ectopic pregnancies when embryos develop outside the uterus, in some miscarriages, or in retained placenta after childbirth; third, he spoke out against outright abortion bans that deny medical treatment, and finally he declared his intention to “bring Wisconsin into compliance with federal emergency medical treatment and labor law.” 1986″.
Since the formation of RJA-M, in June 2022, the organization has worked tirelessly to demand that Milwaukee County become a safe haven for access to abortion. The group began with a petition to the county council that asked, “Law enforcement refuses to pursue and dismiss all charges against medical providers performing abortion services in Milwaukee County. No law enforcement in the county should apprehend a provider for serving their patients in need of reproductive care. Residents of Milwaukee County will continue to have access to necessary treatment, medications and birth control options in coordination with their health care provider.
The organization collected about 1,000 signatures on the petition in three months.
RJA-M led two marches demanding that Milwaukee County become an abortion sanctuary. They also surveyed several neighborhoods to collect petition signatures and picketed the homes of county council supervisors Shawn Rolland and Patti Logsdon. There were numerous phone zaps and emails targeting other county council supervisors. The pickets and actions demanded that the county council pass a resolution. It came in response to county supervisors’ refusal to place a non-binding advisory referendum on the November ballot, where voters could voice their opinions on abortion access.
Lauren Forbush, co-chair of RJA-M, explained: “This is the first victory for the organizers with RJA-M, and a step in the right direction to restore access to safe and legal abortion services in the Milwaukee County. While this resolution does not have the power to change any legislation, it is just the beginning of a long and tireless fight for reproductive justice in Milwaukee County! »