Wisconsin federal judge finds abortion hospital admitting privileges unconstitutional
A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled as unconstitutional on Friday a state law requiring any doctor performing an abortion to have privileges to admit patients to a nearby hospital.continue at Al-Jazeera (yep)
Shortly after Republican Governor Scott Walker signed it into law in August 2013, U.S. District Judge William Conley temporarily blocked the law, which requires doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital located within 30 miles of his or her practice.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services, the state's two abortion providers, challenged the measure in court, saying it could force abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close.
On Friday, Conley ordered a permanent injunction against the law, saying in his 91-page order and opinion that the law violated women's 14th amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.
"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.
When Judge William Conley says "marginal benefit" he's talking about saving a mothers life after an abortion is botched. He is an Obama appointee. So begins another budding reign of a judicial oligarch.
Background: Chicago Tribune: Chicago woman dies after having abortion