July 8, 2013 Print

Wisconsin Gov. Signs Pro-Life Bill into Law

by Bethany Monk

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law Friday requiring that women seeking abortions be given the opportunity to see their preborn babies via ultrasound. Senate Bill 206, or Sonya’s Law, also requires that an abortionist have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion facility.

“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,” said Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Director Susan Armacost.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services announced plans to file suit against the law.

This announcement is no surprise to anyone, Armacost said.

“It appears that the court challenge will focus on the hospital admitting privileges,” she explained. “Apparently, Wisconsin’s abortion clinics don’t believe their abortionists need to have hospital privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of their clinic — or anywhere at all.

Laws requiring hospital admitted privileges have been enacted in North Dakota, Alabama and Mississippi, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion organization.

Currently, when a woman in Wisconsin experiences life-threatening complications after an abortion, the abortion seller sends to her a hospital alone. She must then explain her medical issues to the emergency room staff.

“The abortionist who performed the abortion is nowhere to be seen,” Armacost explained.  “This deplorable situation must change.”      

Learn more about SB 206.

Read the Guttmacher Institute’s “State Policies in Brief: An Overview of Abortion Laws.”