7th Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Wisconsin Law Requiring Admitting Privileges for Abortionists

A U.S. appeals court ruled Monday that a Wisconsin law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is unconstitutional. Admitting privileges are important because they would help protect the health of a woman who is victimized by a botched abortion; and they have been successful in other states in closing abortion sites that cannot protect women’s health. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the law “curtails the constitutional right to abortion” by restricting abortion access, Reuters reported. Wisconsin enacted the law in June of 2013, to require that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. “The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision yesterday is detrimental to providing continuity of care for women who suffer complications from an abortion,” said Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life, in an email to LifeNews. “Wisconsin Right to Life is disappointed that women will continue to not receive the care they need under these frightening circumstances.” In July 2013, the admitting privileges provision was challenged in Federal Court by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Affiliated Medical Services and the ACLU of Wisconsin. Abortionists at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin were able to obtain admitting privileges in Appleton, Madison and Milwaukee, but other abortionists are still attempting to acquire them. They were denied partly because of lack of peer review of their abortion practice. In March, a federal judge blocked the Wisconsin law, saying that it created a burden on “women’s health” by restricting access to abortion and that outweighed any “health benefits” of the law, according to Reuters. In the...