Dems call for restoration of health rights

Statute changes needed to reflect U.S. Supreme Court decision 


LA CROSSE – After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Republican abortion restrictions and rejected an appeal by Gov. Walker, Democrats say an update to Wisconsin statutes is needed to fully restore individual health rights. The decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt found that physician admitting privileges for abortion care created an undue burden on women and were unconstitutional.


“Our laws in Wisconsin should reflect the law of the land,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Rather than keeping unconstitutional policies on the books, we should remove the physician admitting requirements and fully restore a woman’s right to access reproductive health care.”


While Wisconsin’s admitting privilege law has been struck down as unconstitutional, it remains in state statutes. Legislation to repeal the unconstitutional language is included in Senate Bill 653, also known as the Patient’s Reproductive Health Act, which eliminates burdensome red tape and strengthens a patient’s right to access medically accurate information.


“Improving access to women’s health care should be one of the top priorities when the Legislature reconvenes,” said Shilling. “Wisconsin Democrats are committed to protecting a woman's freedom to choose and the ability of doctors to deliver the highest standard of medical care. As a co-sponsor of the Patient’s Reproductive Health Act, I believe we should pass this bill immediately and eliminate barriers that prevent women and families from accessing quality health care.”


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