The legal battle over Wisconsin’s admitting privileges law may be setting up a new fight involving religious hospitals.
Complaints against college administrators and private companies show the law is failing to hold our institutions accountable for illegal sex discrimination.
If their request is granted, a November trial on the constitutionality of the law would be delayed for months.
In a harshly worded opinion, a federal judge ruled Friday that the state’s admitting privileges law is likely unconstitutional.
Ralph Lang was arrested in 2011 for plotting to kill a doctor at a Madison Planned Parenthood clinic after his gun went off in a local motel room. When police arrived at the motel, Lang told them that he intended “to lay out abortionists because they are killing babies.”
Representatives from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services say they are in the process of contacting dozens of hospitals to file for admitting privileges. But the effort isn’t expected to be successful.
A hospital buy-out means that Green Bay’s only abortion clinic—one of five in the whole state—will no longer be allowed to provide abortion care.
The real purpose of Wisconsin’s admitting privileges law—like similar pending legislation in Alabama, Mississippi, and North Dakota—is not to protect maternal health, but to prevent women from exercising their constitutional right to choose an abortion, by making it virtually impossible to do so.
State Rep. Chris Taylor told a local paper that she knows her effort is likely to fail, but she said it’s necessary to “stand up for women” against “very extreme” legislation.
A flurry of legal activity over state-level abortion restrictions occupied much of the federal court’s attention last week.