Wisconsin: Appeals Court Blocks Abortion Law

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Appeals court backs rejection of abortion doctor admitting law.

Federal appeals judges on Monday agreed with a lower court that a politically polarizing 2013 abortion law is unconstitutional, finding it endangered the health of women. A Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court panel ruled Monday. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today rejected the Walker Administration’s efforts to reinstate a restriction on access to abortion, according to Wisconsin Planned Parenthood. Judge Posner added that the law was created to close down abortion clinics, had nothing to do with women’s health and was a “clear flouting of Roe vs.

District Court Judge William Conley that the Governor Walker backed admitting privileges law would place an undue burden on women’s access to safe and legal abortion. What makes no sense is to abridge the constitutional right to an abortion on the basis of spurious contentions regarding women’s health – and the abridgment challenged in this case would actually endanger women’s health. That amounted to restricting access to abortions in Wisconsin, they argued. “At Planned Parenthood, our top priority is patient safety,” said Teri Huyck, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. “As the court affirmed, this law does nothing to enhance the health and safety of patients. Less than two weeks ago, the nation’s high court agreed to take a case challenging a Texas law that includes a similar admitting privilege provision. He also said that a woman who experiences complications from an abortion will go to the nearest hospital, which will treat her regardless of whether her abortion doctor has admitting privileges there.

The judge peppered an attorney for the state with skeptical questions, brought up comments Walker made on abortion during his brief run for the presidency, and stated he didn’t believe the abortion law provided any health benefits. In his dissent, Manion, also a Reagan appointee, said that the majority opinion “marks the latest chapter in our circuit’s continued misapplication of the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence.” “Among other benefits, the requirement promotes continuity of care and helps to ensure that abortionists are properly credentialed and qualified,” Manion wrote. “It also works in tandem with Wisconsin’s ultrasound requirement to facilitate informed decision-making on the parts of doctor and patient alike.” The U.S. Admitting privileges allow doctors to admit patients to a hospital and treat them there, but privileges are not needed to get a patient into a hospital in emergencies.

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