March 24, 2015
"Judge Strikes Down Scott Walker's Anti-Abortion Law," Igor Volsky, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress": A judge on Friday struck down a Wisconsin law (Act 37) "that requires doctors performing abortions to secure admission privileges to nearby hospitals, temporarily blocking it," Volsky writes. According to Volsky, the judge ruled that the law violated the 14th Amendment, stating in his decision that "'[t]he marginal benefit to women's health of requiring hospital admitting privileges, if any, is substantially outweighed by the burden this requirement will have on women's health outcomes due to restricted access.'" Volsky explains that the judge's opinion noted "that there is no medical need for doctors to maintain admitting privileges and pointed out that 'less than 0.65% of patients experienced a complication after an abortion and that only 0.06% required hospitalization as a result.'" However, "a spokesperson for [Wisconsin Gov. Scott] Walker [R] promised to appeal the decision," he adds (Volsky, "ThinkProgress," Center for American Progress, 3/21).
"Michigan Senate Approves Bill To Fund Crisis Pregnancy Centers," Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check: "Michigan state senators on Wednesday approved a bill [SB 84] to increase state support for so-called crisis pregnancy centers, anti-choice organizations that seek to deter pregnant people from going through with abortions," Liss-Schultz writes. Specifically, she notes that the bill "would create a state-run program in which the money raised from the sale of license plates reading 'Choose Life' would be allocated to nonprofit organizations that promote alternatives to abortion," including CPCs. Liss-Schultz cites a NARAL Pro-Choice California report that found CPCs used "deceptive tactics" to dissuade women from having abortions, adding that "abortion access advocates have noted that the centers, which often intentionally disguise themselves as abortion clinics, do anything but ... support women." Further, Liss-Schultz notes that conservative Michigan lawmakers "shot down amendments to SB 84 that would have mitigated the proposal's effects, including one to create a 'Women's Health' license plate, and another to use the proceeds from the 'Choose Life' plates to fund infant mortality reduction efforts in the state" (Liss-Schultz, RH Reality Check, 3/20).