Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Wisconsin over abortion law
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#1 Jul 7, 2013
Source: Washington Post
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Wisconsin to try to block a new law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
The law, set to take effect Monday, was rushed through the legislative process last month, the groups said in a complaint filed Friday in federal court in Madison, Wis. The measure would force two of the states four abortion providers to shut down, according to the complaint. A fifth clinic is set to close for unrelated reasons, according to the groups.
Wisconsin is one of several states where legal battles are taking place over newly introduced hospital-privilege requirements for abortion providers. Federal judges in Alabama and Mississippi have issued orders stopping similar laws from being implemented after finding that they might cause substantial burdens for women seeking to terminate pregnancies.
Doctors performing abortions often have difficulty obtaining hospital privileges because they cant meet certain terms, such as a minimum number of patient admissions, according to the ACLU. Less than 0.3 percent of abortion patients require hospitalization, the groups said in their complaint. Some hospitals may also have religious objections to offering admission privileges to abortion providers, the groups alleged.
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