MADISON, WI, July 5, 2013 (National Right to Life News) - On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 206 (Sonya’s Law) into law. This important new law requires that women seeking abortions in Wisconsin be given the opportunity to see their unborn children through ultrasound. The type of ultrasound used is determined by the woman after all options are explained to her. Sonya’s Law also requires that an abortionist have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
“We thank Governor Walker for signing this important piece of legislation into law,” said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Sonya’s Law will empower women to make truly informed decisions regarding how they will proceed with their pregnancies and will protect the lives of women who experience complications after their abortions.”
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services announced that they will file a federal lawsuit challenging the law.
“The announcement of an impending lawsuit is no surprise to anyone,” Armacost said. “It appears that the court challenge will focus on the hospital admitting privileges requirement. Apparently, Wisconsin’s abortion clinics don’t believe their abortionists need to have hospital privileges at a hospital located within 30 miles of their clinic….or anywhere at all. Currently, when a woman experiences hemorrhaging or other life-threatening complications after an abortion in Wisconsin, the clinic puts her in an ambulance and sends her to a hospital ALONE where she is left to her own devices to explain her medical issues to the emergency room staff. The abortionist who performed the abortion is nowhere to be seen. This deplorable situation must change.”
Armacost said the new law is on sound constitutional footing. Nine other states have passed laws requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges. Missouri’s admitting privilege law was challenged and upheld by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Services has one in Milwaukee. “The facilities will be asking the court to immediately block the law once it is signed, contending it violates the Constitution’s due process guarantee,” the Journal Sentinel’s Patrick Marley reported.
When the law was passed, Wisconsin Right to Life wrote supporters that:
Wisconsin Right to Life is extremely grateful to Sonya who came forward to tell her story. Sonya, the mother of two young children, considered abortion until she saw a bus sign advertising free ultrasounds. After seeing her baby’s heartbeat on ultrasound, Sonya fell in love with her baby and knew she had to give birth. Sonya is a true hero for women like her and the babies that will be saved. Four other women provided heartwarming stories of how ultrasound convinced them to have their babies.
Also assisting with passage of Sonya’s Law were several physicians, Pregnancy Help Centers, sonographers and public relations volunteers. Their invaluable assistance ensured accurate and complete information and excellent messaging. It is a good time for Wisconsin women and their babies!
Reprinted from National Right to Life News.