There May Be A Major Setback Coming For The U.S.’s Anti-Abortion Brigade
The war on abortion in the U.S. is bigger than ever. The Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade may have made it legal to get an abortion in the U.S., however individual states have concocted a slew of regulations and restrictions making it all but impossible for women to get an abortion in those states. One such regulation is the requirement for the clinician performing the abortion to have admitting privileges. Admitting privileges means that a doctor has the right to admit a patient at a hospital (that he/she is not a staff member at) so the patient can receive medical attention if needed. This may seem like it is beneficial to the health of the woman, and that is just what state lawmakers are trying to play it off as, however that is not the case at all. Many clinicians in these states who attempt to get admitting privileges at surrounding hospitals are denied as most hospitals do not want to get entangled in abortion laws and politics.
However, this law was just ruled unconstitutional in one of the states enforcing it, Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit, claiming the law was an unconstitutional restriction on abortion as women could not get an abortion from other clinicians as they don’t get granted admitting privileges. Yahoo reports, “Judge Richard Posner called the contention that the law would protect women’s health “nonexistent.” He said the law would put more women in danger by increasing the waiting times for abortions, which could push some procedures into the second trimester. ‘What makes no sense is to abridge the constitutional right to abortion on the basis of spurious contentions regarding women’s health — and the abridgement challenged in this case would actually endanger women’s health.'”
Well thank goodness someone actually cares about women’s health and rights. This may only be one state of many, but pro-choicers from other restricting states may take wind of this case and follow in its footsteps. If this law was ruled unconstitutional in one state, it can be ruled unconstitutional in all of them. This case could cause a huge shift in the war on abortion, and for once be in favor of those seeking choice.