Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) has signed a controversial abortion bill into law.
The bill requires women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound so they can look at the fetus before terminating their pregnancy.
Republicans crafted the bill that would prohibit doctors from performing abortions unless they have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill last month.
Planned Parenthood contends the language is designed to shut down its Appleton, Wisconsin clinic. None of the providers there have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles.
The organization has vowed to sue to block the law.
“We are going to court to protect a woman’s ability to make her own personal, private healthcare decisions,” said Teri Huyck, president of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. “Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision, but ultimately a decision that a woman should make. Politics should not interfere.”
Gov. Scott Walker survived a contentious recall election in 2012 after United Wisconsin collected more than one million signatures on a collective bargaining dispute.
Affiliated Medical Services, will also contend in federal court that the law violates the Constitution’s due process guarantee.
Republican Senator Mary Lazich argued that women have a “right to know what they are carrying in their womb” and that the required ultrasounds would give women the “full information” they need.
The bill requires detailed information be given to the woman getting the abortion. The medical professional (a doctor or an ultrasound technician) performing the abortion would be required to “display the image of the fetus, describe the size, location and number of fetuses, and identify any viewable internal organs or external features,” according to the publication The Northwestern.
This is a developing story which will certainly put the Wisconsin abortion bill front an center.
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