Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Will Sue to Stop Women From Seeing Ultrasound

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 5, 2013   |   3:01PM   |   Madison, WI

The Planned Parenthood abortion business in Wisconsin is so concerned about a new law that will allow women to see an ultrasound of their unborn child before an abortion that it says it will file a lawsuit to stop it.

The state legislature approved the measure, Senate Bill 206 (Sonya’s Law), which is legislation that provides a baby with the opportunity for his mother to see him through ultrasound before his mother makes a choice about how to proceed with her pregnancy.  The woman can choose the type of ultrasound after all options are explained to her.  The ultrasound helps to determine the age of the baby.

The bill was named after Sonya, a mother of two children who learned she was pregnant with her third child this past November.  Sonya was stunned because she had taken precautions to not get pregnant.

Sonya worried about how she could handle another child, emotionally and financially. She seriously thought about abortion.

Sonya saw a Milwaukee transit bus ad about a free ultrasound and decided to have one.  She learned she was seven weeks pregnant.  Once she saw her child and realized his heart was beating, Sonya made an emotional connection with her baby and made the decision to carry him to term. Sonya will deliver a baby boy this month.

But that’s not what Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin wants to happen and it released a statement today saying it will file suit against the ultrasound saw immediately after pro-life Governor Scott Walker signs it into law. Walker has indicated his intent to sign the bill into law within the next few days.

Planned Parenthood also complains about a component of the law designed to protect women’s health by making sure they can get immediate medical care following a failed abortion:

SB 206 will jeopardize women’s health by shutting down two abortion health centers and decreasing capacity by at least 50% in one of the two remaining abortion health centers in Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, represented by Cullen Weston Pines & Bach and attorneys at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Affiliated Medical Services represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, will be filing suit in federal court to block Senate Bill 206, which requires abortion providers to have staff admitting privileges at a local hosp ital. PPWI is asking the federal district court in the Western District of Wisconsin to immediately enjoin SB 206 which will significantly reduce abortion access in Wisconsin in violation of the federal Constitution. SB 206 violates both the due process rights under the Federal Constitution of both PPWI and its patients.

Susan Armacost, Legislative Director for Wisconsin Right to Life, tells LifeNews that Planned Parenthood is misleading people in the Badger State about the bill.



“In spite of the blatant misinformation being promoted by the opponents of Sonya’s Law, this legislation does not force women to have a specific type of ultrasound, said Armacost.  “It is up to the women to choose the type of ultrasound she prefers, after all options are explained to her.  The actual language of the law states:  ‘perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman, using whichever tranducer the woman chooses after the options have been explained to her.’”

“During the floor debate, Senator Lazich eloquently summed up why Sonya’s Law is so greatly needed,” said Armacost.  “She said, ‘We stand with women who want to make a truly informed decision.’”

Armacost concluded: “Wisconsin Right to Life stands with Senator Lazich and with Representative Pat Strachota, the Assembly author of Sonya’s Law, in their efforts to empower women in making decisions regarding how to proceed with their pregnancies.”