Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law

Story Date: 
Jul 9, 2013

MADISON, Wis. –- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order yesterday for a Wisconsin law that places medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers and would severely limit women's access to safe and legal abortion in a state where access is already heavily restricted. Only four health centers in Wisconsin provide safe and legal abortion; if the law goes into effect, two would be forced to close.

Immediately after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed the bill into law on Friday, July 5, it was challenged in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. The law was scheduled to go into effect today.

"We're thankful that the judge has put the brakes on a dangerous law that was rammed through the legislature with no thought to the health and well-being of Wisconsin women and families," said Larry Dupuis, legal director of the ACLU of Wisconsin.

"Politicians in Wisconsin and across the country need to get the message that it is unlawful to arbitrarily prevent a woman from making the best decision for her family," said Talcott Camp, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. "We'll continue to fight this law and others like it around the country to stop this insidious campaign to outlaw safe and legal abortions."

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