Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed [a] lawsuit in federal court in Madison... asking the court to immediately block the law, contending [the requirement of admitting privileges] violates the constitution's due process guarantee, puts an undue burden on a woman's right to choose abortion and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently than doctors who perform other services....
The bill's proponents have said the law was aimed at providing the best available health care, but [Teri Huyck, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin] said it would make women less safe by making abortion less accessible. Women in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula already have to drive hours to get to the Appleton clinic but would have to go even farther if that clinic closed, she said.
July 5, 2013
"Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Friday requiring... women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds and... doctors providing [abortions] to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles."
"The law's critics call the ultrasound provision an unnecessary infringement on the doctor-patient relationship but do not plan to challenge it in court at this time."