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Judge places temporarily restraining order of a portion of Wisconsin’s “Sonya’s Law”

by | Jul 9, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

An update on Wisconsin’s “Sonya’s Law” (see “Wisconsin Governor Walker Signs Sonya’s Law!”)

U.S. District Judge William M. Conley

U.S. District Judge William M. Conley

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge William M. Conley, in what was described by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as a “hastily called hearing,” placed a temporary restraining order on that portion of Senate Bill 206 that requires an abortionist to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.

Conley’s 19-page opinion stays enforcement until July 18. A hearing is scheduled for July 17. Conley was appointed by President Barack Obama.

The lawsuit does not affect that portion of Sonya’s Law that requires that women seeking abortions in Wisconsin to be given the opportunity to see their unborn children through ultrasound.

Last Friday Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit alleging that “ the requirement would unconstitutionally restrict the availability of abortions in the state, violates the U.S. Constitution’s due-process guarantee and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently from those who perform other procedures,” the Associated Press reported.

“At next week’s hearing Conley could potentially choose to reinstate the full law or keep it blocked,” according to Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel.

Nine other states have passed laws requiring abortionists to have hospital admitting privileges. Missouri’s admitting privilege law was challenged and upheld by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal.

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