June 28, 2016

As expected Supreme Court lets stand court decisions blocking admitting privileges requirement for abortionists in Wisconsin and Mississippi

In light of Monday’s decision overturning portions of Texas pro-life law, it came as no surprise today that the United States Supreme Court, in an unsigned opinion, let stand lower court rulings that blocked laws in Wisconsin and Mississippi that require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Wisconsin’s Act 37 was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker and was immediately challenged by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), Affiliated Medical Services (AMS), and various other parties.

In March 2015, U.S. District Judge William Conley replaced his temporary injunction with a permanently injunction. He wrote, “The only reasonable conclusion is that the legislation was motivated by an improper purpose, namely to restrict the availability of abortion services in Wisconsin.”

In the Mississippi case, “a federal district court judge issued a temporary injunction in 2012 blocking the law because it would have forced women seeking abortions to go out of state,” Reuters reported. “The same judge issued a second injunction in 2013, which was upheld by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2014.”

The judge is Judge Myron Thompson whose August 4, 2014 , decision overturning Mississippi’s Women’s health and Safety Act (HB 57) was as expected as it was mammoth (172 pages).

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