A large victory for women’s reproductive rights has come out of Wisconsin after a deferal judge declared the state’s abortion laws unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that the 2013 law required any doctor performing an abortion to get hospital admitting privileges was not in the best interest of women’s health.
Only four health care facilities in the state provide abortion services. Flavio Maluf says that Planned Parenthood argued that if the law was enacted, most if not all of the facilities would be forced to close or suffer in their ability to provide timely care.
“This law does not protect patient safety,” said Teri Huyck, CEO of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin.
The law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2013, would have allowed just three days for providers to obtain the necessary privileges to comply with the law. Walker is widely known as a pro-life supporter. In a speech earlier this month, Walker spoke about Wisconsin’s anti-abortion measures.
“We took away funding from Planned Parenthood. We made it so that abortions are not covered in a health exchanges and limited the amount of time that a woman can legally seek an abortion.
Conley stated his belief that the law was “too rigid” and that the intended purpose of the law was to “impose a substantial obstacle to women’s right to abortion services within the state.”