Gracie Skogman on abortion activism after Dobbs v. Jackson

Wisconsin Right to Life legislative director Gracie Skogman discusses how the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade has affected the relevance of abortion as a political issue.

By Zac Schultz | Here & Now

November 1, 2022

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Gracie Skogman:
We've seen that people, of course, are rejoicing and happy but then they think that it's time to go home and stop talking about this. But it's more important now than ever before. Again, we have women in Wisconsin who are in dire need. They have concerns about healthcare, housing. They want to choose life for their baby, but they're in need of assistance and I think that's the role of the pro-life movement to be leading that charge. This is our mission. We care about these women and we need to show that.


I think our best way to move forward is on the unifying issue of pregnancy resource centers, having conversations about paid family leave. These are bipartisan issues. Again, the majority of the American public supports funding for pregnancy resource centers. That's a powerful number. That means we can reach across the aisle and truly work on these issues, truly make a difference for women. Of course, we know it will be an ongoing conversation about our current law on the books. We know that our governor and attorney general unwilling to enforce it. It's in the courts. So that conversation is certainly not over. But I always like to point out here at Wisconsin Right to Life, we have always talked about not only a restriction on abortion, but we've always focused on support for parents. So we've talked about parents who have children with Down Syndrome and what the needs that go into that. And those bills have also been vetoed by Governor Evers. So this has always been something that we focus on. at the same time, the restrictions on abortion but also the support.

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