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Planned Parenthood files lawsuit, challenging Wisconsin abortion laws

WISCONSIN (WAOW) – Planned Parenthood speaks out on their lawsuit which challenges abortion laws in Wisconsin.

The group claimed some laws that were in place by former governor Scott Walker are unconstitutional.

The 56 page lawsuit is filed against Attorney General Josh Kaul in hopes he changes the abortion laws, now that he has taken office.

“If these unconstitutional laws were struck down it’s an opportunity for Wisconsin to look at access to health care and determine how Wisconsin women can receive more patient center care,” said Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

However, some conservative groups believe abortion shouldn’t even be considered a part of healthcare.

“It’s all about protecting women and shame on Planned Parenthood for doing away with these protective laws,’ said Julaine Appling the president of Wisconsin Family Action.

The lawsuit targets a number of republican backed state laws.

But, Planned Parenthood said there are three in particular they want dismissed to allow women to get abortions with the leased amount of hurdles.

The first one they want dismissed is a law that stops nurse practitioners from performing abortions.

But Atkinson said that makes no sense.

“This is a critical health care service for the women of Wisconsin we need to ensure that this is accessible and we need to make sure that the unconstitutional laws are off the books again,” Atkinson said. “This has nothing to do with patient safety this is to simply create barriers.”

The second one is a law that requires women to see the same practitioner twice before getting an abortion.

“This is an opportunity to have some time in between when you see the practitioner the first time and then you have the 24 hour waiting time when you go back the second time that is by design to make sure women who want to reconsider or to make sure they know exactly what they are doing,” said Appling.

The third law that they want dismissed is requiring a physician be present when the patient receives their abortion.

“Nurses in Wisconsin already care for women experiencing miscarriage by performing surgical procedures and prescribing drugs that are similar to abortions,” the lawsuit said.

“It’s not like going to a doctor for a cold this is a irreversible decision that takes the life of an unborn child,” Appling.

Atkinson said the laws make it more difficult for women who live in rural parts to get care.

Victoria Saha

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