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Rep. Pasch Voices Support for Legal Challenge to Law Regulating 'Pill Abortions'

Planned Parenthood filed suit Wednesday alleging the recently enacted state law — which subjects doctors who perform "pill abortions" to the risk of criminal penalties — doesn't clearly define procedures to satisfy the measure.

State Rep. Sandy Pasch is standing alongside Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin as the non-profit reproductive healthcare provider has filed a legal challenge to the state law that imposes possible criminal penalties against doctors who perform medication-induced abortions.

requires patients and doctors take a series of steps and physicians establish that women aren't coerced into abortion, before receiving or administering a so-called "pill abortion." 

Planned Parenthood filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Madison and lists Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Medical Examining Board as defendants, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. 

The legal challenge claims the law does not clearly define proper procedures to satisfy all of the requirements of the law, the newspaper said. 

The method of a medication-induced abortion accounts for about a quarter of the organization's abortions in Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Pasch, a Democratic lawmaker representing Shorewood and portions of Milwaukee, said the law infringes on the private relationship between patient and physician and "poses significant criminal risk for providers, and forces women to go through more dangerous and invasive surgical procedures."

“Act 217 created an unprecedented interference within the private patient-physician relationship and places an extreme burden on women and healthcare providers across our state," Pasch said in a prepared statement Thursday. "This legislation — which was driven by extreme special interests — trumps evidence-based health practices with intrusive political motivations by sticking legislators directly into our medical examining rooms."

Pasch continued, “People are sick and tired of partisan politics trumping the health of our families and communities. For the sake of our state’s women and medical professionals, I am hopeful that this suit will restore the use of safe women’s health services and secure a woman’s ability to make her own personal, complex medical decisions.”

The law doesn't affect surgically performed abortions or emergency contraception medication like the "morning-after" pill.

The state ceased funding Planned Parenthood for breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraception and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases earlier this year, according to the Journal Sentinel.. 

Bob McBride December 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I actually don't have a problem with abortion, per say. I would like the unwanted pregnancy treated as if it's not merely an infection or a tumor or some other parasitic growth that couldn't have been avoided had one not intentionally copulated. There is an act that, in most cases, is voluntary that created the situation. It should involve forethought. It should involve adults. If not, I do have a problem with being told I'm the insensitive one when I suggest that it's not necessary that one who engages in casual sex needs to be provided with the easiest of ways out of their predicament on their own terms, particularly when that out comes from an organization funded, in part, by taxpayers. Just because you wish to have it treated as if you're having a wart burned off your backside doesn't mean that's the proper way to treat it or that I have to respect your callous lack of the same for what is, in fact, a human life. Abort away. As long as it's partially on my dime, I'm gonna continue to call bull on the euphemisms and refusal to acknowledge the degree to which it's just plain stupid irresponsibility that produces a good portion of them. I have no more interest in paying to support your mistakes than I do for paying for their disposal prior to their anticipated date of arrival. And that goes for the idiots who let their little head do the thinking for them as well. Grow up already.
shewoman December 15, 2012 at 02:09 AM
grow up already. hhmmm. i don`t think it`s your call how people treat their pregnancies. not every unwanted pregnancy is between two unmarried people who aren´t in a committed relationship. what about those in their late 40`s, bob, when a woman is in perimenopause? rape or incest victims? you`re not seeing their comments. euphemisms are also about a way to hide the pain. i assure i`m grown up. you need to open your eyes.
Bob McBride December 15, 2012 at 02:39 AM
If you engage in unprotected sex or rely on birth control methods that aren't foolproof and, subsequently, get pregnant, the responsibility for doing so lies squarely with you. Although I am, by law, obligated to pay for assistant afforded to you by Planned Parenthood, should you elect to utilize their services, I am not obligated to validate your rationalizations for having engaged in risky behavior that produces a human life you now find, for whatever reason, inconvenient. As for rape and incest victims, obviously they aren't in the same category as those who willingly engage in coitus. The regulations in Act 214 in and of themselves pose no particular threat to those folks. The belligerence on the part of PP in deciding they were going to withhold the associated services rather than attempt to comply with the ACT and, instead, involve themselves in a lawsuit, does. Again, you seem completely unwilling to either accept for yourself or for those who would engage in activities that could result in pregnancy any responsibility for doing so. You'd rather lash out at those who don't empathize with irresponsible behavior that produces an inconvenient human life. Grown ups who accept the responsibilities associated with adult behaviors don't act in this fashion. Government sponsored agencies designed to compensate for this lack of responsible behavior are, in a way, responsible themselves for the enabling of these childlike attitudes long past the age of majority.
shewoman December 15, 2012 at 03:59 PM
once again, there are no birth control methods that are 100% effective except for abstinence.
Bob McBride December 15, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Fine, then use what you've got, deal with the consequences or don't have sex. Unless you choose to abstain, you're still electively engaging in behavior that can result in pregnancy. If so, I don't feel sorry for you. I don't care if you experience pain, emotional or otherwise, as a result of it. I don't feel that, as a taxpayer, I should be paying anything to bail anyone out of the situation, but since I have to in some cases I honestly don't care if you don't get EXACTLY what you want served to you EXACTLY how you want it from the menu of available abortion methods. If you don't like the options available, don't take the risk. Nobody's forcing you to.

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