New Abortion Law in Wisconsin
Non-surgical abortions are ending at Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin. Video by nbc26.comvideo
GRAND CHUTE - Non-surgical abortions are ending at Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin. It's all because of a new state law that took effect on Friday. The law subjects the doctors who perform pill-induced abortions to criminal penalties. Some say the law is unjust, while others are calling it a victory.
"Its very vague, prescribes very specific medical care and new consent rules," Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Teri Huyck said of the law.
The law states that women must meet with the same doctor three times before taking the drugs. If a doctor suspects the woman is being forced to have an abortion, the doctor must put her in touch with domestic abuse services. Planned Parenthood says it has decided to suspend the abortions to keep doctors out of legal trouble.
"Violation of the law is a class one felony which includes both fines and jail time," said Huyck.
Wisconsin Right to Life calls the new law a "victory for women", and says medicine abortions are not safe.
"Fourteen deaths of American women and 2,200 adverse incidents," said Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Barbara Lyons.
But workers at Pro-Life Wisconsin say they're suspicious about how long Planned Parenthood's suspension will actually last.
"They could be preparing to initiate a lawsuit and then seek an injunction against the enforcement of the new law," said Matt Sande with Pro-Life Wisconsin.
Pro-life supporters say they are hoping for the best, while the Planned Parenthood organization says it's working with attorneys to interpret the new law.