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Wisconsin Abortion Fight Moves To Federal Courthouse July 17th

July 8, 2013
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UPDATE…Good news to report tonight….A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.  U.S. District Judge William Conley granted the hold Monday evening after a hearing earlier in the day. The restraining order will remain in place pending a fuller hearing July 17.

 

Wisconsin is moving backwards at such a fast clip on a whole array of issues that it is hard to keep track of the truly bizarre, and unconstitutional measures that Republicans are trying to work into law.  The latest conservative attack on women, however, is facing a strong pushback from the public.

Governor Walker signed into  law a requirement doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where a procedure is done and mandates ultrasounds for all women before they can get an abortion.  There is just no way under the stars that these poorly thought out ideas do not violate the constitution’s guarantee of due process.

Therefore two powerful groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the law from being enforced.  Conservative male Republicans may not stand up for women’s rights on the floor of the state legislature but Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union will not be shy about defending women in federal court.  We can all be proud of their effort and zeal to undo this absolutely insane attack on women’s productive rights.

Why this matters, in part, is due to the fact two of the four clinics in the state that provide abortions have said that they would have to shut down because of the law, leaving Wisconsin’s women with dramatically reduced options for essential reproductive care, particularly in the large rural part of the state.

The stage is therefore set for July 17th when U.S. District Judge William Conley will hear arguments in the lawsuit.

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