Badger State pro-choicers claim new standards too high

Monday, July 15, 2013
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Wisconsin's attorney general is preparing to defend the state's latest pro-life law in court, and supporters of the measure are confident it will be upheld.


Susan Armacost of Wisconsin Right to Life tells OneNewsNow, "The legislation as passed would require that a woman be offered to see an ultrasound of her baby and view her child's heartbeat prior to making a decision to have an abortion and would also require admitting privileges for physicians that perform abortions" within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.

But a federal judge has halted the law, saying it is an undue burden on women and that requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals does not promote the health of women seeking abortions.

But as Armacost notes, the law passed by Wisconsin lawmakers has already been tested elsewhere.

"There are nine states that have admitting privileges [laws], and that is the point of contention of the lawsuit," she reports. "And we are very confident that the law will be upheld. This is not new ground; other states have done this. So we're very confident."

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services, a clinic certified by the National Abortion Federation, filed the lawsuit arguing that half the state's abortion clinics will have to close if they have to meet the new standards.

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