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Reproaction launched the #WIFights292 campaign to end enforcement of the Unborn Child Protection Act (Act 292).
Under Act 292, the state can to take certain pregnant people into custody, assign a lawyer for the embryo or fetus but no lawyer for the pregnant person including at important early stages of the proceeding, and send the person to drug treatment, psychiatric hospitals, or even jail – regardless of whether drug treatment is really needed. Governor Tony Evers and his administration have the power and authority to stop enforcement of this regressive law.
Act 292 denies pregnant people their freedom and individual liberty, simply because they are pregnant.
We’re calling on Governor Evers to order all counties to immediately stop enforcing Act 292, and to work with the legislature to repeal this law. Sign our petition to urge Governor Evers to take immediate action.
For more information on how you or your organization can get involved, sign up for our email list to receive updates. You can also help put pressure on Governor Evers and the legislature by using the #WIFights292 hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.
Additional Resources for Information on Pregnancy and Drug Use:
- National Advocates for Pregnant Women: Pregnancy and Drug Use: The Facts
- National Perinatal Association
Worried? Here’s what you can do:
- Continue to get prenatal care.
- If you have used alcohol or other controlled substances in the past or since you became pregnant, or you are in medically assisted treatment, consider talking with a lawyer before you disclose this information to your health care provider. Also, your medical provider should know that they are not required to violate your confidentiality by reporting your pregnancy and drug or alcohol use to anyone.
- If you are using alcohol or other drugs and feel like you need help, you can find resources by calling 608-266-1865, online at wisconsin.gov/regulations/aoda/sa-only-directory.pdf, or asking a trusted medical provider.
- If you are accused under the “Unborn Child Protection Act” and need legal advice, please contact National Advocates for Pregnant Women at advocatesforpregnantwomen.org or by calling 212-255-9252.
- You can look for legal help in Wisconsin at org/forpublic/ineedalawyer/pages/iris.aspx or by calling 800-728-7788.
- Know that you deserve to be treated well.
- Act and Learn Webinar: Drug Use Is No Excuse: Why Is Wisconsin Locking Up Pregnant Women? Watch a recording of this webinar here.
- Wisconsin’s Unborn Child Protection Act (Act 292) Fact Sheet. Learn more about Act 292 here.
- Marshae Jones, Fetal Personhood and Wisconsin’s Act 292. Read this blog post here.
- Wisconsin Act 292’s Dark History. Read this blog post here.
- White Supremacy is on the Rise in Wisconsin. Read this blog post here.
- Rewire.News article: Here’s What Wisconsin Governor Can Do On Abortion. Read this article here.
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