The FFRF Action Fund is thrilled with the decisive 11-point victory by Judge Janet Protasiewicz in the momentous April 4 Wisconsin Supreme Court election, which marks the new organization’s first endorsement in a political race.
The Washington Post’s report on the outcome was headlined, “Wisconsin Supreme Court election sends message on abortion rights.” The first oral arguments in the state challenge by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul of the 1849 statute currently banning abortion is now scheduled for May 4.
Protasiewicz won by a significant margin in the swing state, which demonstrates that voters in Wisconsin recognize her commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting individual rights. The race was watched nationally, and was considered a bellwether for upcoming races. Besides the abortion ban, the state high court is also expected to rehear challenges of gerrymandering.
Earlier this year FFRF Action joined America Votes-Wisconsin, a coalition of like-minded organizations that works to promote voter engagement and mobilization in the state, underscoring the importance of working with other groups to achieve common goals.
“Janet Protasiewicz’s victory is a win for all Wisconsin citizens, especially for the majority of Wisconsin citizens who support the right to access safe and legal abortion care,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF Action Fund president.
Protasiewicz’s election to a 10-year term will tip the state high court balance to a 4-to-3 liberal majority, for the first time since 2008.
FFRF Action congratulates Protasiewicz on her victory and looks forward to continuing to advocate across the country for the values of secular government, and the individual freedoms that are dependent on keeping religious dogma out of government.
FFRF Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that develops and advocates for legislation, regulations and government programs to preserve the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. It also advocates for the rights and views of nonbelievers, holds public officials accountable for their stances on these issues, endorses candidates for political office, and publicizes the views of elected officials concerning religious liberty issues.