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A Wisconsin federal judge ruled yesterday, a law which required doctors who performed abortions to obtain hospital privileges a nearby hospitals unconstitutional. Judge William Conley blocked the measured created by Gov. Scott Walker in 2013, has stated the law was unconstitutional and issued a permanent injunction to block it from being enforced. Both Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services, sued Wisconsin and argued the law would cause AMS’s clinic in Milwaukee to be closed since its doctors aren’t able to get admitting privileges. In Conley’s order, he cited the law violated women’s 14th amendment rights under the constitution.

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The Associated Press reported Conley wrote in his ruling

While the court agrees with the State that sometimes it is necessary to reduce access to insure safety, this is decidedly not one of those instances. In particular, the State has failed to meet its burden of demonstrating through credible evidence a link between the admitting privileges requirement and a legitimate health interest.

Planned Parenthood and AMS claimed the law prevented the access to abortions in the state, while the state attorneys insisted the mandate guaranteed the quality of care for women who may be hospitalized due to abortion complications.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin CEO Teri Huyck released a statement about the ruling saying:

We all want to protect patient safety — this law doesn’t do that, as the court recognized. Politicians passed this law in order to make it extremely difficult for women in Wisconsin to get safe and legal abortions, plain and simple.

Meanwhile Walker’s spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said the governor’s office along would work along with the attorney general to appeal the ruling. Laurel stated.

We believe the law will ultimately be upheld.

Conley also noted his concerns the law was too rigid and outlined the stipulation providers must obtain hospital privileges three days after it went into effect. The law was signed by Walker on July 5, 2013, which gave abortion providers until July 8 to get their privileges. Conley remarked the law didn’t give providers enough time they needed to get privileges and stated:

Its purpose was to impose a substantial obstacle on women’s right to abortions in Wisconsin.

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