From a press release from Attorney General Brad Schimel’s (photo left) office on Friday, July 7, 2017:

“Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a stay in Anderson, et al. v. Loertscher, a challenge to the state’s Unborn Child Protection Act, over the dissenting votes of Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor. The Unborn Child Protection Act or 1997 Wisconsin Act 292 gives state actors the legal authority to assist substance-addicted, pregnant women with their addiction, thus protecting both the mothers and their unborn children Attorney General Brad Schimel released the following statement in response to the Court’s order. “In the weeks since the federal district court struck down the Unborn Child Protection Act, I have heard from numerous law enforcement officers and human services providers who are concerned they no longer have the ability to get drug-addicted women help, work they’ve been doing for nearly two decades. Today’s order from the Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law and restores important tools that make mothers and children safer and stronger.”

Link to order HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “The growing opioid problem in Wisconsin and across the country makes this stay very important. This law passed nearly 20 years ago was never intended to hurt pregnant women but rather to help them deal with addictions and in doing so protect their unborn children. It’s sad we have to have a law to do this, but today’s culture leaves us few options.”

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