Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin
Press Release

Supreme Court Denies Walker Administration’s Relentless Pursuit to Block Access to Safe, Legal Abortion

This means that the Wisconsin case is over, and its admitting privileges restrictions are permanently blocked.

By - Jun 28th, 2016 11:20 am

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States denied review of Wisconsin’s Seventh Circuit court decision enjoining the state’s unconstitutional admitting privileges law from going into effect.

Governor Walker authorized the continued taxpayer funded litigation despite conclusive and repeated federal court findings that the admitting privileges law restricting abortion was clearly designed to close down abortion clinics, did not increase patient safety and was what Judge Richard Posner called a “clear flouting of Roe vs. Wade.”

This means that the Wisconsin case is over, and its admitting privileges restrictions are permanently blocked.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and another women’s health care provider, Affiliated Medical Services, were represented by attorneys from Cullen Weston Pines & Bach, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Statement from Tanya Atkinson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin:

“We are thrilled that Wisconsin’s unconstitutional admitting privileges law has been permanently blocked. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the medical community in our state have said all along that this measure did nothing to enhance patient safety. Rather, it was an attempt to put obstacles in the way of women seeking safe, legal abortion care. We are pleased the Supreme Court recognized the true intention behind this law.

“Gov. Walker’s relentless pursuit and defense of unconstitutional laws clearly shows just how much elections matter. We need to elect leaders who understand that abortion is a deeply personal decision that a woman should be able to make in consultation with her family, her faith and her health care provider – without government interference.

“For 80 years, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been providing high-quality, nonjudgmental health care. We will continue to fight to make sure the people in our state have access to the health care they deserve – including safe and legal abortion – no matter what.”

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is the advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. PPAWI engages in legislative and educational activity and works to elect candidates to office that support these goals.

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4 thoughts on “Supreme Court Denies Walker Administration’s Relentless Pursuit to Block Access to Safe, Legal Abortion”

  1. Alene says:

    Before Wisconsin passed its admitting privileges law, women had access to safe health care all over Wisconsin. Before they cut funding forcing Planned Parenthood clinics to close, women had access to safe health care. Thousands of women now do not. How do they think putting up road blocks to safe health care makes health care safer for women when they cannot get the care that they need? None of that helps women get safe health care.

    In today’s newspaper, Paul Ryan is whining about the Democrats not voting for his Zika Virus bill. He wants women to be safe from the effects of the Zika virus. But, he allowed an amendment to the bill that cuts funding to Planned Parenthood where many women AND MEN get contraceptives that would prevent those pregnancies with the severe birth defects caused by the Zika virus. If he truly cared about women he would have stricken that amendment from the bill. He chose not to and is now complaining that it’s entirely the Democrats fault. Ryan needs to look in the mirror. He’s the problem, not the Democrats. Ryan also knows that the President will veto a bill with those cuts. They also added cuts to the ACA in that bill along with other cuts. They try to justify the cuts to offset the additional funding to the CDC for Zika research. But, in a recent newsletter he states the following: “The reality is that Congress has been on top of the Zika threat from the beginning. Over the past several months, it has made available the money necessary to prepare for an outbreak. Put simply: There is no funding shortage. There never has been.”

  2. AG says:

    Alene, please tell me where in Wisconsin women do not have access to safe health care where they did before admitting privilege laws were enacted and PP was defunded.

  3. Vincent Hanna says:

    I love that the attorneys defending the laws admitted before SCOTUS that they couldn’t name a single woman those laws helped. Makes their intent quite clear.

  4. Alene says:

    AG – Normally I don’t respond to idiotic comments like yours. You are a troll and only respond to comments that you think make Walker or Repubs look bad.

    First of all, women do have access to safe healthcare, but only IF they have transportation to go 40+ miles to the other clinics that can offer them low cost or free care. Many do not have readily available transportation to those clinics. That leaves them with NO ACCESS to safe health care.

    Second of all, admitting privilege laws have not been enacted and will not be enacted due to the ruling by the federal appeals court and the Supreme Court refusing to hear the case. That law was “about controlling women, not helping them.”

    In addition to the admitting privileges law, Walker has signed some of the most aggressive anti-abortion measures in the nation while in office, including a bill that requires women to undergo ultrasound exams before getting abortions and a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

    Women’s reproductive rights are just that — rights.” The intent of all of these laws is to control women and strip them of their legal rights to an abortion. In the process they are hurting more than they are helping.

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