- Feb 4, 2012
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In The News:
Federal Judge Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law;B][SIZE=]Federal Judge Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law [/SIZE][/B]
MADISON, Wis.--August 5, 2013.
A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Friday blocking a Wisconsin law that places medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers and that would have forced two of the four health centers that provide abortions in the state to close.
The law, which requires every physician who performs an abortion to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, is similar to Alabama and Mississippi laws that were blocked by federal district courts earlier this year, and a North Dakota law blocked by a state trial court just last week.
Doctors and leading medical groups, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Wisconsin Public Health Association, have opposed such requirements because they are unnecessary for the provision of safe, high-quality health care, and because they prevent women from getting necessary services.
Wisconsin law does not require doctors providing surgery at other health centers to have admitting privileges even for more complicated procedures.
"This law is just one in an already too-long list of legislation passed this year and designed solely to interfere with a woman's private medical decisions," said Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, staff attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. "We will not stand silent as extremist politicians attempt to take away women's access to safe and legal abortion care."