Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Governor Tony Evers is calling the republican-controlled legislature into a special session to pass a measure creating a way for voters to repeal the state’s 1849 abortion ban.

Evers says he would be calling lawmakers together October 4th to create a path for Wisconsinites to repeal the state’s abortion ban.

Evers wants to put the decision up to the people. The governor argued that unlike other states, Wisconsin does not allow voters to change state laws by a referendum. 

“As of last week, this idea has new bipartisan support in Wisconsin. I agree with US Senator Ron Johnson, and there’s a sentence for you. If republican legislators aren’t going to uphold the will of the people, then the people of the state should have the right to take a stand at the ballot box.

He says for a constitutional amendment to be adopted in Wisconsin; an identical amendment proposal must pass by two consecutive legislatures before it is sent to Wisconsin voters to approve in an election. Within hours of the proposal, republican legislative leaders rejected it as a political stunt.