Supreme Court rules unconstitutional State efforts to block abortion
On June 28, the Supreme Court of the United States denied review of Wisconsin’s Seventh Circuit court decision enjoining the state’s unconstitutional admitting privileges law from going into effect.
Governor Walker authorized the continued taxpayer funded litigation despite conclusive and repeated federal court findings that the admitting privileges law restricting abortion was clearly designed to close down abortion clinics, did not increase patient safety and was what Judge Richard Posner called a “clear flouting of Roe vs. Wade.”
This means that the Wisconsin case is over, and its admitting privileges restrictions are permanently blocked.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and another women’s health care provider, Affiliated Medical Services, were represented by attorneys from Cullen Weston Pines & Bach, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Statement from Tanya Atkinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin:
“We are thrilled that Wisconsin’s unconstitutional admitting privileges law has been permanently blocked. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the medical community in our state have said all along that this measure did nothing to enhance patient safety. Rather, it was an attempt to put obstacles in the way of women seeking safe, legal abortion care. We are pleased the Supreme Court recognized the true intention behind this law.
“Gov. Walker’s relentless pursuit and defense of unconstitutional laws clearly shows just how much elections matter. We need to elect leaders who understand that abortion is a deeply personal decision that a woman should be able to make in consultation with her family, her faith and her health care provider – without government interference.
“For 80 years, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been providing high-quality, nonjudgmental health care. We will continue to fight to make sure the people in our state have access to the health care they deserve – including safe and legal abortion – no matter what.”
About Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. PPAWI engages in legislative and educational activity and works to elect candidates to office that support these goals.