Planned Parenthood files lawsuit against “Coercive and Web Cam Abortion Prevention Act”

By Dave Andrusko

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin CEO Teri Huyck

With the regularity of swallows returning to Capistrano, Planned Parenthood challenges all pro-life legislation, even those that any objective observer would concede will protect the mother’s health.

Right on schedule, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin went to U.S. District Court in Madison yesterday to challenge a new law that requires that prior to prescription of an abortion-inducing drug—typically RU486– the prescriber must perform a physical exam on the woman and be physically present to give the drug.  In its lawsuit, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin argued that Act 217, the “Coercive and Web Cam Abortion Prevention Act,” is unconstitutionally vague.

“The defendants are Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, the state’s district attorneys and the Medical Examining Board who are charged with enforcing the law,” according to Dee J. Hall of the Fond du Lac Reporter. Dana Brueck, a spokeswoman for Van Hollen, said her office would “review and respond accordingly” to the suit.

In 2011, there were 7,019 abortions in Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood, performed roughly two-thirds of them. Last April when Planned Parenthood announced a moratorium on chemical abortions, local pro-lifers knew they would eventually challenge the law in court.  (Planned Parenthood has continued to offer surgical abortions at clinics in Madison, Milwaukee and Appleton.)

Contrary to the lawsuit, the law is not at all vague. Act 217 takes into account two realities the abortion industry side-steps: (1) at least 14 women in the U.S. alone who’ve taken RU486 have died, and hundreds more have been injured; and (2) by not having the abortionist onsite (so-called “webcam abortions”), an already dangerous abortion technique becomes even more threatening to women.

The law does not ban the use of RU486. It says that if abortionists are going to employ this dangerous abortion technique, they must be in the same room as the mother.

”Planned Parenthood would rather expand its abortion empire by having women talk to an abortionist over a webcam, which is neither good medicine nor needed protection for women,” Lyons told NRL News Today. She added,

“The two-drug RU486 abortion process is neither simple nor without significant risk to women.  The least we can do, as the State of Wisconsin has done, is to require that the woman be seen in person before these dangerous drugs are administered.  We are confident that this law is clear in its intent and will be upheld.”

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