An Issue of Women’s Health or Politics?

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 | A Public Affair

“This isn’t about women’s health. This is about controlling women’s sexuality. Period.”

- Lester Pines on the WI Abortion Bill

Here in Wisconsin, new regulations have been enacted that would restrict the reproductive rights of women.

On Tuesday July 30th, host Carousel Bayrd spoke with Lester Pines, a Senior Partner at Cullen Weston Pines and Bach LLP, about the recent state law to further regulate abortion in many ways. The first part of the law requires women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and it also requires doctors performing abortions to obtain ‘admitting privileges’ at hospitals within 30 miles within performing an abortion. It was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker over the fourth of July weekend.

On Planned Parenthood logo July 5th, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Women’s Medical Services filed a lawsuit claiming that the admitting privileges provision violated their constitutional rights to have an abortion. Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley issued a temporary restraining order on July 8th, which was the day that the law would have taken effect. He reissued the temporary restraining order on July 17th and any day now we could be expecting an extension of that restraining order.

Pines is representing Planned Parenthood in this lawsuit. Pines is currently fighting to get some of these restrictions struck down in order to uphold women’s reproductive rights.

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