By Dave Andrusko
It is now the turn of supporters of the Texas law to be heard March 2 by the Supreme Court, to send ‘friend of the court’ briefs to the justices.
The two portions of the omnibus pro-life 2013 law at issue are (1) that abortion clinics meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs); and (2) that abortionists have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital for situations of medical emergencies. The latter has already gone into effect.
Among others writing in support of the later requirement of the law is Wisconsin’s attorney general. The following comes from Wisconsin Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.
“Wisconsin Right to Life is happy that our Attorney General Brad Schimel is filing an amicus brief for Whole Women’s Health v. Cole, a case headed to the Supreme Court regarding Texas’ admitting privileges law,” stated Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “We are extremely grateful for Attorney General Schimel’s work to defend not only Texas’ law, but also our admitting privileges law that ensures the health and safety of women when abortion complications happen.”
While the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago struck down the admitting privileges portion of Wisconsin’s Act 37, Attorney General Schimel has made clear his intention to challenge that decision. Enacted in June of 2013, Act 37 requires that abortionists have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. There still are Wisconsin abortionists attempting to acquire admitting privileges, since they have been denied partly because of the lack of peer review of their abortion practice.