MADISON, Wis. — It’s been one year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
The rescinded access to an abortion now only makes exceptions for cases in which the mother’s life is at stake. Shortly after the overturning, Wisconsin shifted back to an abortion law from 1849.
On Saturday, the Catholic Diocese of Madison held a rally at Wisconsin’s State Capitol.
Harold Scott is an anti-abortion advocate from Green Bay and he made his way to the Capitol on Saturday to celebrate the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“We got rid of Roe and Wade. They want to bring it back into position again so they can abort babies,” Scott said. “We have to stop it.”
When Roe v. Wade was overturned, almost all abortions in the state of Wisconsin became illegal immediately. Before it was overturned, Oklahoma and Texas were the only states with bans restricting abortion after 20 weeks.
Since the Dobbs decision was made, multiple states, including Wisconsin, have ceased nearly all abortion services.
Scott said he plans to fight until all states ban abortions completely.
“It is against the 10 commandments, it is murder,” said Scott. “I am 83 years old and I have seen a lot of things in my life and what I see right now is just terrible and I feel so sorry for these young people.”
This gathering was met with opposition.
Lili Luxe has been protesting on the Capitol steps for the past 365 days.
“I come out here a lot and use my body and one of the reasons I do that is because I don’t need a sign to talk about women’s bodies and women’s health when I am showcasing my feminine form,” said Luxe.
Over the last year, many women have been left wondering where they can go if they need help getting an abortion.
Data shows that many women find themselves going to bordering states where abortion is still legal. Planned Parenthood of Illinois reported a 54% increase in abortion patients since the Dobbs decision.
Luxe said that’s one of the main reasons she fights for abortion rights at the Capitol every day, so she can share resources with those in need.
“It is a way to advocate and say we are still here, we are going to keep fighting this fight,” said Luxe.
She also enjoys a good debate with community members that have differing opinions.
“I think civil discourse and being able to have a real conversation with someone about opposing views is how we change minds,” she said.