The Dobbs Decision Has Unleashed Legal Chaos for Doctors and Patients

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The Dobbs Decision Has Unleashed Legal Chaos for Doctors and Patients

Activists in Nashville protest after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The abortion ban now in effect in Tennessee criminalizes most abortions from the first trimester onward.

From The New Yorker | News by Jessica Winter

Overturning Roe v. Wade put old laws—including one from the nineteenth century—back on the books, and opened the door for new ones with ambiguous language and glaring omissions.

As of last week, reproductive health care in the state of Wisconsin is guided by legislation that predates the Civil War. On June 24th, the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, repealed the constitutional right to abortion granted in Roe v. Wade, returning the question to the states. At that moment, Wisconsin reverted to a law that was passed in 1849, and revised in 1858, which outlaws all abortions except for those necessary “to save the life of the mother.” On Tuesday, Wisconsin’s attorney general, Josh Kaul, filed a challenge to the law, arguing that it conflicts with more recent statutes that regulate abortion care.

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