Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Van Hollen

Challenge to a Wisconsin law that imposes restrictions on the use of mifepristone for medication abortion, including requiring several in-person visits with a physician. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in December 2012. The parties reached a settlement agreement but the federal court refused to approve the deal on jurisdictional grounds. In February 2013, Planned Parenthood filed the case in state court. The state court issued a temporary injunction and scheduled a hearing date for March 2014. The state court agreed with the parties and ruled that a provider must be present when a patient is provided the drugs for a medication abortion but the provider does not need to be present when the patient ingests the pills. Current Status: The state has appealed the case to the state Court of Appeals, arguing that the case should have been dismissed because the parties agreed on the statute’s interpretation. (See the law here.)