Evers joins coalition of Democratic governors calling on Congress to protect reproductive rights

17 Democratic governors in total expressed their concerns in a joint letter Tuesday

MADISON (WKBT) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is one of 17 Democratic governors calling on congress to protect abortion rights.

In a joint letter, the governors ask Congress to act “swiftly to ensure that all Americans continue to have meaningful access to reproductive healthcare and abortion.”

“Overturning Roe will turn back the clock on reproductive health, and Congress must immediately take action to ensure that our nation does not go backward and that the rights of all Americans to access reproductive healthcare and abortion continue to be protected,” the letter reads.

A Marquette Law School poll shows residents of Wisconsin generally favor keeping abortion legal: 61% say that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, versus 34% who say it should be illegal in all or most cases. Another Marquette poll shows that, nationally, 72% are opposed to overturning Roe vs Wade.

It’s unlikely that Congress, specifically the Senate, has the votes to pass legislation to codify Roe into federal law. Democratic senators like Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have called for ending the filibuster to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act on a 51-50 split, assuming Vice President Kamala Harris casts a tie-breaking vote. However, previous pushes to end the filibuster have fallen short, with not all democratic senators on board.

Without an end to the filibuster, which seems unlikely, any federal action would stall in the Senate.

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