Wisconsin Appellate Court Protects Access to Medication Abortion
The court’s decision allows Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to confidently provide safe, non-invasive medication abortion services to women within the first nine weeks of pregnancy without fear of criminal prosecution.
MADISON – Today, a state appellate court put to rest any concerns Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) had about Wis. Stat. Sec 235.105 blocking access to safe and legal medication abortion in the state. PPWI’s lawsuit sought clarification of the vague and ambiguous provisions in Wis. Stat. Sec. 235.105, which threatened criminal prosecutions of physicians providing medication abortion services.
“At Planned Parenthood, patient health and safety is always our top priority,” said Teri Huyck, president and CEO of PPWI. “Medical professionals should be trusted to determine the safest and best medical care for their patients – free from government interference.”
The appellate court’s decision allows Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to confidently provide safe, non-invasive medication abortion services to women within the first nine weeks of pregnancy without fear of criminal prosecution. This decision ensures that a woman seeking an abortion will be able to access medication abortion services after meeting the state-required examination and counseling session with a physician and satisfying the mandated 24-hour waiting period.
“As a leading provider of women’s health care in Wisconsin for 80 years, we will continue to provide our patients with high quality health care services – including safe, legal and compassionate abortion care,” said Huyck. “We will fight to make sure people across Wisconsin continue to have access to essential health care services to keep them safe, healthy and strong.”
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is a nonprofit health care provider caring for 60,000 patients annually at 22 health centers. 97 percent of Planned Parenthood’s care is preventive health services including well woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, HIV screening, and STD treatment.
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