Judge Strikes Down Wisconsin Abortion Restrictions

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On Friday night, U.S. District Judge William Conley struck down a 2013 Wisconsin law that required abortion providers to obtain admission privileges at neighboring hospitals.

Via ThinkProgress:

...Conley ruled that the measure...violated the 14th amendment. "The marginal benefit to women's health of requiring hospital admitting privileges, if any, is substantially outweighed by the burden this requirement will have on women's health outcomes due to restricted access to abortions in Wisconsin," Conley wrote.

"While the court agrees with the State that sometimes it is necessary to reduce access to insure safety, this is decidedly not one of those instances," he added. Walker defended the law during his 2014 re-election campaign with a TV add that claimed it increased safety and provided "more information for a woman considering her options." "The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor," he said.


Governor Scott Walker - who signed the bill into law - promised to appeal the decision. "Our office will work with the attorney general to appeal this ruling, and we believe the law will ultimately be upheld,"a Walker aide said after the decision.

The Wisconsin law was one of the many TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) laws passed in the last few years. TRAP laws have recently gained political traction and a proved incredibly successful at limiting safe access to abortion clinics. Guttmacher currently estimates that 21 states "require abortion facilities or their clinicians to have unnecessary and burdensome connections to a local hospital."

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I'm curious, do hospitals in the US have abortion clinics in them? I live outside a major city in Canada and while there are private abortion clinics, most local hospitals have clinics in them that provide free abortions.