Over the 4th of July weekend, an anti-abortion bill was pushed through the Wisconsin House and Senate. On July 5th, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in federal court for a restraining order to put the abortion law on hold so that it would not immediately take effect. This restraint was granted with further legal action pending.
Larry Dupuis, legal director of the Wisconsin ACLU, joined Jan Miyasaki on the 8 O’Clock Buzz to explain the restrictions of the new law as well as what his organization is doing to challenge its legality.
This law, like many of those passed around the United States, aims to restrict abortions by requiring doctors to have hospital admitting privileges and to perform ultrasounds before the abortion. The legal challenge is to the first part of the law, which would completely shut down the operation of two of the four abortion clinics in WI (Appleton and Milwaukee). Moreover, as Milwaukee is the only clinic which allows an abortion after 19 weeks, there would be nowhere in the state an abortion could be had in the case of a fetal disorder that only manifested after 18 weeks.
Dupuis explained admitting priviledges are an unnecessary provision for clinics, especially with the only justification being “safety of the patient”. The reason that most doctors don’t have admitting privileges is because abortion is one of the safest outpatient procedure, and hospitals don’t usually go through the paperwork for a clinic which may not even send them more than a few patients a year. Morever, even if there were a complication, the clinic doctor would call 911 and the patient would be taken to the nearest hospital emergency room regardless of “priviledges” there.
The case for the preliminary injunction on the law will be held July 17th. Preliminary injunctions on this provision have already been instated in Mississippi and Alabama.
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