WI Congressional Republicans fight to make abortion illegal

By: Stephen Kelley, For WQOW --

Four members of Wisconsin's Republican Congressional delegation have signed a brief asking for the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

They were among 39 Republican senators and 168 representatives to send the brief over to the high court.

It was submitted in the case of June Medical Services LLC vs. Gee which the court will take up this spring.

The Louisiana lawsuit would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion is being performed.

State officials say the law would effectively close all of the state's abortion clinics.

For decades, Roe v. Wade has been a roadblock for Republicans seeking to curtail access to abortion, but lawmakers are hopeful for change based on the current conservative majority in the Supreme Court.

Wisconsin lawmakers who signed on include Senator Ron Johnson, Representative Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah), Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls), Representative Bryan Steil (R-Janesville). 

Mike Gallagher a Republican representative out of Green Bay and all Wisconsin Democrats did not sign on to the brief.

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