Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Van Hollen

SUMMARY

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and several abortion providers challenging the admitting privileges provision of SB 206, which requires every physician who performs an abortion at a clinic to have staff privileges at a local hospital. This requirement was opposed by the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Public Health Association, the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health.

In addition, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists opposes these sorts of admitting privileges requirements because they are medically unjustified and will have serious consequences for women’s health in Wisconsin by depriving them of access to safe, high-quality abortion care. According to the ACLU, the provision would force two clinics to shut down (Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee and Planned Parenthood’s health center in Appleton) and would force Planned Parenthood’s health center in Milwaukee to cut staff and severely curtail services.

SB 206 also contains a mandatory ultrasound provision—that provision is not being challenged in this lawsuit.

On August 2, 2013, a district court in Wisconsin blocked enforcement of the provision pending resolution of the litigation. (See Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Van Hollen, No. 13-cv-465-wmc, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110097 (W.D. Wis., August 2, 2013).)

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