Planned Parenthood Files Federal Suit to Restore Medical Options for Wisconsin Women

"We are in court to stand up for our patients," says Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

December 12, 2012

MADISON, WI - Since the enactment of Wisconsin Act 217 eight months ago, a safe and legal procedure for nonsurgical abortion has been unavailable to women at Planned Parenthood health centers in Wisconsin. Act 217 ended the ability for many women to choose a safe, noninvasive way to end an early pregnancy and relegating these women to undergo a more invasive surgical option instead.

Today, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced they have filed suit in a federal district court to resume women’s access to nonsurgical abortion services at Planned Parenthood and to restore women’s ability to make their own personal, complex medical decisions. Planned Parenthood seeks to restore nonsurgical abortion procedures at three of its 27 health centers.

Statement from Teri Huyck, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

"Planned Parenthood is in court to stand up for our patients. We are asking the court to end the unconstitutional provisions of Act 217 that block a woman’s access to safe and legal nonsurgical abortion services and to restore a woman’s ability to make her own personal, complex medical decisions.

"Since the enactment of Wisconsin Act 217, nonsurgical abortion using medication which is a safe and noninvasive abortion method only available to women within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy, has been unavailable to women at Planned Parenthood. As a result of this law women must now undergo a more invasive surgical option instead.

"Medical professionals, not politicians in the Legislature, should be determining the safest and best medical care for Wisconsin women. Women should be able to make personal decisions about the best medical options available to them. We are in court to make sure decisions about pregnancy in Wisconsin once again belong to a woman, her family and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor.

"As a leading provider of women’s health care in Wisconsin for 77 years, Planned Parenthood is committed to providing women with quality health care services without judgment and looks forward to restoring women’s access to safe and legal nonsurgical abortion services using medication in the near future."

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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is a nonprofit health care provider caring for 80,000 patients annually at 27 health centers. 98 percent of Planned Parenthood’s care are preventive health services, including well woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, birth control, HIV screening and STD treatment.


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