Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Schimel (formerly v. Van Hollen)

Federal court challenge to a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges. The bill was signed into law on July 5, 2013, and was set to take effect on July 8, 2013. On July 5, 2013, the ACLU, the ACLU of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. A federal judge issued a temporary injunction on July 8, 2013, to block the admitting privileges portion of the law. The judge extended the temporary injunction on August 2, 2013. The state of Wisconsin appealed that injunction, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court, keeping the temporary order in place. In March 2015, after a full trial, the district court ruled that the law is unconstitutional. Current Status: In November 2015, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the admitting privileges law. (See the law here. See the complaint here. See the district court order here. See the 7th Circuit opinion regarding the temporary injunction here. See the 7th Circuit opinion on the merits here. Read more about the case here.)