Act 37 Enjoined

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Contact: Jordan Kush

July 8, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                414-289-3746/ 414-531-7625


Act 37 Enjoined: Safe and Legal Abortion Still Accessible in the Four Remaining Wisconsin Facilities for Now


MADISON, WI-This evening, a federal judge in the Western District of Wisconsin granted a temporary restraining order to stop the enforcement of Wisconsin Act 37 (SB 206) which significantly takes away a woman’s ability to access safe and legal abortion services in Wisconsin. Act 37 was opposed by the medical community because it jeopardizes women’s health and takes away a physician’s ability to practice medicine that is in the best interest of the patient. Act 37 was supported by Governor Walker and the Republican majorities in the state Legislature to end safe and legal abortion access in Wisconsin through burdensome, unnecessary requirements on doctors providing abortion as well as to coerce and shame women seeking abortion. Act 37 would end the availability of abortion services at Planned Parenthood in Appleton and Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee and would significantly reduce the availability of abortion services in the two remaining Planned Parenthood facilities in Milwaukee and Madison because of new admitting privileges required for doctors performing abortion. This new mandate is not required for any other medical procedure. In an effort to protect women’s continued access to safe and legal abortion, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin sought a temporary restraining order in Federal Court to stop the enforcement of Wis. Act. 37.

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New Wisconsin Abortion Law enjoined until July 17

The abortion legislation signed by Gov. Walker over the weekend has been partialy enjoined from enforcement for the time being.  U.S. District Judge William Conley has prevented enforcement of the portion of the law that requires abortion clinic doctors must have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. The ruling came in response to the lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU against the law.  The injunction is in effect until July 17, at which time there will be a full hearing on the law in the U.S. District Court.

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Planned Parenthood going to court over SB 206

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                        Contact: Jordan Kush

July 5, 2013                                                                                                                                                                                             414-289-3746/ 414-531-7625


Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: We Are Going to Court to Protect Our Patients

Federal Lawsuit to be Filed Challenging Wisconsin Hospital Staff Privileges Requirement in SB 206


MADISON- WI — To protect women’s health and access to safe and legal abortion in Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced today that they will be challenging SB 206 in federal court as soon as the Governor signs it into law. On Wednesday, the Governor requested SB 206 - a fast tracked bill that was passed in less than 1 week - indicating his intent to sign the bill into law within the next few days. SB 206 will jeopardize women’s health by shutting down two abortion health centers and decreasing capacity by at least 50% in one of the two remaining abortion health centers in Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, represented by Cullen Weston Pines & Bach and attorneys at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Affiliated Medical Services represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, will be filing suit in federal court to block Senate Bill 206, which requires abortion providers to have staff admitting privileges at a local hospital. PPWI is asking the federal district court in the Western District of Wisconsin to immediately enjoin SB 206 which will significantly reduce abortion access in Wisconsin in violation of the federal Constitution. SB 206 violates both the due process rights under the Federal Constitution of both PPWI and its patients.

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