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Reproaction launched the #WIFights292 campaign to educate Wisconsinites about the harm done through enforcement of the Unborn Child Protection Act (Act 292). Act 292 allows Wisconsin to take certain pregnant people into custody, assign a lawyer to the embryo or fetus -but not the pregnant woman – lock the pregnant woman up in a jail or a mental hospital, and subject her to forced treatment. Although Act 292 was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, it was kept in place after an appeal brought by former Governor Scott Walker and former Attorney General Brad Schimel.
However, Wisconsin has new leadership with the power and responsibility to act. Governor Tony Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul, and the entire administration must direct all counties to stop enforcing Act 292, and work with the legislature to take action to repeal this regressive law.
All people who experience pregnancy, including those who are pregnant in Wisconsin, deserve access to appropriate, affordable, confidential health care (including prenatal care and substance use disorder treatment) without fear of losing their rights to medical decision-making, privacy, and liberty. We call on Governor Tony Evers to take immediate action to protect the human rights of pregnant people in Wisconsin!
Sign our petition to tell Governor Evers to take immediate action to stop enforcement of Act 292.
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 #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.
In 2016, Milwaukee County had the highest number of cases referred for investigation of alleged unborn child abuse in Wisconsin.
Fetal personhood laws, similar to Act 292, undermine the safety and well-being of pregnant people, their pregnancies, and pregnancy outcomes.
...the dismissal of the case means pregnant women in the state remain in jeopardy.