Gov. Walker signs bill requiring ultrasound before abortion
MILWAUKEE - Is it "informed consent" or a "back-door ban" on abortions?
It depends on who you ask. Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law Friday.
The legislation requires women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound before the procedure.
It also prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless they have admitting privileges within 30 miles of a hospital.
The law says in its text, as proposed by the State Senate, "No person may require the pregnant woman to view the ultrasound images or visualize any fetal heartbeat."
Supporters say the law is good for a woman's health.
"They should be very wary about going into a Planned Parenthood clinic if their physicians are incapable of getting admitting privileges," said Sue Armacost of Wisconsin Right to Life.
Opponents say the law is unconstitutional.
Planned Parenthood announced it will file suit for a temporary restraining order to keep the law from taking effect.
"It's unnecessary," said Teri Huyck, the President of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
"It's harmful to women. When women don't have access to safe legal abortion, women die."
The law is supposed to effect Monday.