Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks during the We Are the 80% rally on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Kaul said in an interview Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 that he would not investigate or prosecute anyone for having an abortion should the state's currently unenforceable abortion ban go into effect.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul said in an interview Tuesday that he would not investigate or prosecute anyone for having an abortion should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade and a currently unenforceable state ban takes effect.
Abortion is expected to be a central issue in the 2022 election in Wisconsin and other states .
Wisconsin is one of nine states with an abortion ban law that predates Roe v. Wade, according to the analysis.
“Even if courts were to interpret that law as being enforceable, as attorney general I would not use the resources of the Wisconsin Department of Justice either to investigate alleged violations of that abortion ban or to prosecute alleged violations of it,” Kaul said.
“Diverting resources from those important cases to the kinds of cases that could be brought under abortion ban, which I also believe to be unconstitutional, is not something that I would do as attorney general,” he said.
“I am proudly pro-life and I will defend the police and defend our Wisconsin laws, including our abortion ban, if allowed,” Toney said. »