Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear case to enshrine abortion rights in state Constitution

The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to hear a case from Planned Parenthood that would enshrine the right to an abortion in the state’s Constitution.

The court’s liberal majority handed down the order to hear the case. Last week, Wisconsin’s high court launched an investigation after Wisconsin Watch released the court’s decision to take up the case.

The case will ask the high court to rule that access to abortion is a right protected by the Wisconsin Constitution. It gives the court’s four-member liberal majority the opportunity to issue a ruling that would give sweeping protections for women’s reproductive rights.

Planned Parenthood’s argument is rooted in Article 1, Section 1, of the Wisconsin Constitution, which states, in part, that “all people are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights;
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