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Rep. Robin Vos, the Republican leader of the Wisconsin Assembly, expressed interest in working with fellow Republicans to “make some potential changes to the 1849 law” in the the 2023 legislative session. The statement was made during a Nov. 10, 2022 radio interview.

Vos said he would consider a new law that could be passed through the traditional legislative process with the cooperation of Gov. Tony Evers, who has vetoed more than 120 GOP bills since taking office. 

The Assembly speaker has proposed exceptions for rape and incest under the 1849 law, differentiating him from other Republicans who support upholding the current law, which has no such exceptions. But the Journal Sentinel reports Vos has said he would be willing to require the victim to file a police report to qualify for the exception.


IHeart: The Jay Weber Show — November 10, 2022: Robin Vos speaking on changing abortion stance

Wisconsin Public Radio: Vos: Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban should include exceptions for rape, incest if Roe v. Wade falls

WEAU News: Post-Roe differences surface in GOP over new abortion rules

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Robin Vos says he’s willing to make filing a police report a requirement to prove rape or incest for obtaining an abortion

Wisconsin Public Radio: Tony Evers, Tim Michels agree: Evers’ veto pen is the only obstacle for more than 100 GOP bills

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Jacob Alabab-Moser joined as Wisconsin Watch’s fact checker in September 2022, as part of the effort by The Gigafact Project in partnership with different state-level news outlets to combat misinformation in the 2022 midterm elections. Jacob has several years of experience as a fact checker and research assistant at a variety of organizations, including at The Gigafact Project. He holds a BA from Brown University and is pursuing a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.