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Wisconsin Law Struck Down by 7th Circuit


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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today criticized a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Wisconsin’s law requiring abortionists to have local hospital admitting privileges.

“The two judges who struck down Wisconsin’s law did so because one clinic in the state couldn’t find abortionists with hospital admitting privileges,” said Fr. Pavone.  “The simple solution to this situation, as the dissenting judge noted, is that the clinic find qualified doctors, not that the state relax its standards.”

The Seventh Circuit voted two-to-one against the 2013 Wisconsin law, saying that if one of the state’s abortion clinics closed because its doctors lacked hospital privileges it would cause greater waiting periods at other facilities.  Wisconsin argued that its requirement ensured continuity of care for women, resulting in better and faster treatment should complications arise. 

The U.S. Supreme Court has already agreed to hear a challenge to a similar Texas law.

“It’s absurd for a court to claim that it’s upholding women’s ‘rights’ by allowing unqualified abortionists to operate on them,” added Fr. Pavone.  “Hopefully, the Supreme Court will correct this when it rules on Texas’s law that protects women from substandard care.”

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