I Pledge to Fight Back Against Act 292!
Reproaction’s #WIFights292 campaign aims to educate Wisconsinites about the harm done through enforcement of the Unborn Child Protection Act (Act 292). Act 292 allows Wisconsin to accuse certain women of “unborn child abuse.” Under this law, the state can take certain pregnant women into custody, appoint a lawyer for her embryo or fetus, and lock the woman up in a drug treatment program, mental hospital, or jail – regardless of whether drug treatment is really needed. Although a federal court has ruled that the law is unconstitutional, it remains in effect because Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel have fought to keep the law in place. Wisconsin has accused hundreds of pregnant women of “unborn child abuse” under this law.
That’s wrong, and Wisconsinites must fight back.
All people who experience pregnancy, including pregnant women in Wisconsin, deserve access to appropriate, confidential health care without fear of losing their rights to medical decision making, privacy, and liberty.
At Reproaction, we center our work around the women in Wisconsin who may be targeted by enforcement of Act 292. We are organizing activists and community leaders across Wisconsin to demand action from those in power and channel community into a movement to advance reproductive justice that will ultimately dismantle Act 292.
We know that direct action gets the job done, and we will take bold action to educate the public about and put a stop to enforcement of Act 292. Sign our petition to join the movement to restore human rights and liberty for pregnant women in Wisconsin.
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 those in power by using #WIFights292 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 dhs.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 www.advocatesforpregnantwomen.org or by calling 212-255-9252.
- You can look for legal help in Wisconsin at wisbar.org/forpublic/ineedalawyer/pages/iris.aspx or by calling 800-728-7788.
- Know that you deserve to be treated well.