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Supreme Court Will Not Intervene in Wis. Admitting Privileges Case

Supreme Court Will Not Intervene in Wis. Admitting Privileges Case

June 24, 2014 — The Supreme Court on Monday denied a request to consider a Wisconsin law (SB 206) that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, Reuters/Huffington Post reports (Hurley, Reuters/Huffington Post, 6/23).

The law has been on hold since last July, when U.S. District Judge William Conley temporarily blocked it after Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the measure in court (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/3). The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later upheld Conley's decision to put the law on hold for now (Reuters/Huffington Post, 6/23).

State's Request

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R) had asked the Supreme Court to let the law take effect while Conley weighs its constitutionality (Stein/Ferguson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/23).

However, the groups challenging the law said there was no need for the high court to intervene because there will be a ruling soon (Reuters/Huffington Post, 6/23).

Pending Ruling

The trial before Conley ended in May, and the judge is expected to issue a decision shortly, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

During arguments in the case, Conley asked that the plaintiffs provide correspondence demonstrating that nearby hospitals had rejected or ignored their requests for admitting privileges. The plaintiffs submitted the requested documents on Friday (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/23).