Walker signs abortion bill

Bill requires abortion provider to show fetus on ultrasound

Published On: Jul 05 2013 01:39:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2013 12:47:01 PM CDT
Scott Walker
MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a contentious Republican bill that would require women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound of the fetus before the procedure and prohibit doctors from performing abortions unless they have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill last month. It would require abortion providers to point out a fetus' features on the ultrasound and have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles to perform the procedure.

Planned Parenthood contends the language is designed to shut down its Appleton clinic. None of the providers there have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles.

The organization officially announced Friday, it will be challenging the bill in federal court. In a statement, Planned Parenthood said the bill would not make women safer, it may actually be putting them in jeopardy by depriving women access to health-care.

The pro-choice organization has successfully blocked similar legislation in three other states. It is unclear if any action will be taken before Monday