State Capitol Report: The roots of Wisconsin’s abortion ban, A proposed constitutional amendment, Appeals to help family caregivers

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The first episode of a WPR podcast airs exploring Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion ban. Then, we learn about a proposed amendment exempting religions for public health emergencies. And we look at where Wisconsin’s laws fall short in helping family caregivers.

Featured in this Show

  • 'How We Got Here' episode one: The history of Wisconsin's abortion ban

    Wisconsin’s first abortion ban went into effect when the state was less than a year old, and was debated and updated multiple times in the next decade. What was going on then? What was debated around the original 1849 law and the 1858 revision? A new WPR podcast explains the history.

  • Constitutional amendment would let churches stay open during health emergencies

    Republicans in the Legislature have proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow worship venues to remain open during public health emergencies. A state Capitol reporter for WPR explains the context behind the proposed amendment.

  • Wisconsin falls behind on preparing family caregivers

    Wisconsin is among the fewer than 10 states that do not require hospitals to identify a family caregiver for patients before discharging them. Two advocates join us to explain why state legislation is needed to ensure family members are prepared and trained to assist their ill or elderly loved ones.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Avery Lea Rogers Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Anya van Wagtendonk Guest
  • Janet Zander Guest
  • Bryn Ceman Guest