Federal Judge Puts Temporary Hold on Wis. Abortion Restrictions

By KBJR News 1

Federal Judge Puts Temporary Hold on Wis. Abortion Restrictions

August 5, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM CST

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- A federal judge in the Western District of Wisconsin has put a temporary hold on the state's new abortion restriction law.

Wisconsin Act 37, which was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on July 5th, requires that every physician must have admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is to be performed.

In the 44 page statement, District Judge William Conley laid out his decision to hold off on the enforcement of Act 37 saying:

"The Act was introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature on June 4, 2013, and opposed by the State’s leading medical associations,including the Wisconsin Medical Society, Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards, Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, Wisconsin Hospital Association, and the Wisconsin Public Health Association. Devoid of any documentation of a medical need or purpose in Wisconsin, the Governor nevertheless signed the Act on July 5, 2013."

The judge also went on to say that this act will almost certainly cause "irreparable harm" for woman who are seeking an abortion and are turned away, possibly leading to dangerous and illegal abortion options.

Enforcement of the abortion act will be withheld pending the results of a trial in November.

Click here to read the full order from Judge Conley.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com

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