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Planned Parenthood to resume abortions in Sheboygan County, despite pending appeal

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(The Center Square) – Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is not waiting until the challenges to the state’s 1849 abortion law are settled to resume abortions in Sheboygan County.

Planned Parenthood has begun booking appointments.

“Being able to provide this essential care at another health center is important to the health and well-being of Wisconsin women and people across the gender spectrum who need care,” Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin said.

Sheboygan is one of three cities in Wisconsin where women could get an abortion pre-Dobbs. Milwaukee and Madison were the others.

Sheboygan is also where the challenge to the recent ruling that Wisconsin’s abortion ban doesn’t really ban abortions is coming from.

District Attorney Joel Urmanski has already promised to challenge the ruling from a Dane County judge who declared that Wisconsin’s near-total ban on abortions doesn’t ban consensual abortions, and only applies to killing babies.

Urmanski has not filed a case against a woman or a doctor seeking an abortion, and Atkinson said she’s confident he won’t be able to make that case.

“We are very confident in our decision to resume services,” she said during a weekend interview on Milwaukee TV.

Planned Parenthood has already resumed abortion services in Milwaukee and Madison. The DAs there went on record months ago, promising not to enforce the state’s abortion ban.

“While we are grateful to be resuming medication abortion care at the Sheboygan Health Center, there is more to be done,” Atkinson said. “We will continue essential work to help protect and expand reproductive freedom in Wisconsin so that everyone who needs comprehensive reproductive health care in our state can get the nonjudgmental and compassionate care they deserve.”

Urmanski has said he will take his challenge to the Dane County judge’s ruling all the way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

That’s what almost everyone has expected since Janet Protasiewicz won the race for the high court back in April.

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