A portion of Wisconsin’s new abortion restrictions was enjoined until at least July 17, when the federal district court can hold a full hearing on the issue of whether the state can impose a requirement that abortion clinic doctors must have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. The requirement would, according to Planned Parenthood, effectively shut down two of Wisconsin’s four clinics.
It appears, however, that Planned Parenthood’s problem achieving compliance with this portion of the law is less about the law itself and more about the doctors’ failure to timely secure admitting privileges. Accordingly, it is likely that the law stands, but with some delay in enforcement to allow doctors more time to comply.
According to Americans United for Life, eleven other states–AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, MO, OH, PA, SC, TX, and UT–have a similar restriction in place.
- Federal judge temporarily blocks new Wisconsin abortion law (cnn.com)
- Federal judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin abortion law (jurist.org)
- Wisconsin governor signs abortion restriction bill into law, clinics sue (gantdaily.com)