abortion

Walker Administration Unilaterally Ends Enforcement of Wisconsin Birth Control Law in Latest Effort to Restrict Women’s Access to Essential Health Care

 Press release in today from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin:

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 23, 2014

 

Contact: Lisa Boyce

608-345-7549

 

 

Walker Administration Unilaterally Ends Enforcement of Wisconsin Birth Control Law

in Latest Effort to Restrict Women’s Access to Essential Health Care

National Women’s Law Center Says Move is in Conflict with Law

 

MADISON – This week, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) under Governor Walker’s administration announced via a media interview that the state will no longer enforce Wisconsin’s birth control coverage law (Wis stat. 632.895(17)) that ensures prescription drug plans cover birth control the same as other prescription drugs. Governor Walker justified this move in light of the Hobby Lobby decision by the Supreme Court in June. Legal experts with the National Women’s Law Center, however, have released an analysis that concludes the Hobby Lobby ruling does not invalidate Wisconsin’s contraceptive coverage law and it must therefore be enforced. The Walker Administration’s move is just the latest in a long line of efforts to reduce women’s access to everything from sex education, cancer screens, and birth control to safe and legal abortion.

Planned Parenthood Wins Lawsuit Protecting Access to Safe and Legal Early Abortion Using Medication

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2014

 

Contact: Laura Kendellen

414-289-3027

Planned Parenthood Wins Lawsuit Protecting Access to Safe and Legal Early Abortion Using Medication

MADISON, WI— Earlier today, a state court granted Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s motion for a declaratory judgment, which ensures Wisconsin women will continue to access safe and legal medication abortion. On December 12, 2012, Planned Parenthood filed suit against the attorney general and other officials responsible for enforcing Wis. Stat. Sec. 253.105. The lawsuit sought relief from the vague and ambiguous provisions which threatened criminal prosecution of physicians providing medication abortion services.

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.

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.

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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