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Wisconsin RTL commends state AG for defending admitting privileges law

by | Oct 6, 2015

Editor’s note. Last week NRL News Today posted on the very difficult time a three-judge appeals court panel gave the office of Wisconsin’s attorney general.

The state was defending Act 37 struck down in March by U .S. District Judge William Conley.

The following comes from Wisconsin Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel

“Wisconsin Right to Life commends Attorney General Brad Schimel for ensuring that the admitting privileges section of Sonya’s Law is defended in court,” said Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “After U.S. District Court Judge William Conley’s detrimental decision to overturn requirements that would ensure the continuity of care for women who suffer complications after an abortion, our Attorney General is working hard to make sure women get the care that they need under the frightening circumstances of a post-abortion complication.”

Enacted in June of 2013, Act 37 (or “Sonya’s Law”) requires that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. In July of 2013, the admitting privileges provision was challenged in Federal Court by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Affiliated Medical Services, and the ACLU of Wisconsin.

Abortionists at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin were able to obtain admitting privileges in Appleton, Madison, and Milwaukee, but other abortionists are still attempting to acquire them. They were denied partly because of lack of peer review of their abortion practice.

“The fact that some abortionists are not reviewed adequately is exactly why the legislature correctly voted to require admitting privileges at a hospital to provide the highest quality care for women,” Weininger continued. “That is why it is so important that the Attorney General appealed this ruling to the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, to ensure safety and continuity of care for Wisconsin women.”