It's a high-stakes race for the pro-life movement in the Badger State, as the winner of the election will fill one seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and determine majority control of the court heading into the 2024 election cycle. The court majority is currently for life.
Gracie Skogman of Wisconsin Right to Life tells AFN her organization is hopeful conservative Dan Kelly, who is backed by the Republican Party, comes out on top. The winner of the race, which is officially nonpartisan, will begin serving a ten-year term in August.
"Justice Kelly is dedicated to upholding our state constitution, he does not believe in judicial activism, and [he] has done a good job of keeping his personal positions on the sidelines," says Skogman. AP points out Kelly has done legal work in the past for Wisconsin Right to Life.
According to Skogman, there is quite a contrast between Kelly and his opponent, who the pro-life activist describes as a champion of the Left.
"Judge Janet Protasiewicz is quite the opposite," Skogman offers. "[She] has made very clear her support for abortion rights – and in fact her campaign is being funded largely by pro-abortion giants like Planned Parenthood and Emily's List."
Liberal Democrats are trying to flip the court because lives are being saved by a 174-year-old state law that bans abortion except to save the life of the mother. The Wisconsin Supreme Court will soon be ruling on a lawsuit that could overturn that law.