CWPB partners Lester Pines and Susan Crawford, along with the lawyers from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, successfully challenged Wisconsin's hastily enacted and restrictive law requiring physicians who provide abortions to obtain admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an identical Texas law in its momentous decision in Whole Women's Health et al. v. Hellerstedt et al. The Supreme Court expressly relied on and cited the Wisconsin case and trial record in determining that the State of Texas had failed to demonstrate that the law had the purpose of protecting women's health, but rather had the effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman's choice to terminate a pregnancy. On June 28, 2016, the Supreme Court denied the State of Wisconsin's pending petition for certiorari, which asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' decision striking down the Wisconsin law. As a result, the Seventh Circuit's decision in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Schimel stands as a final decision. The case was a hard-won victory to safeguard women's rights to reproductive freedom.
CWPB partners Lester Pines and Susan Crawford, along with attorneys from Planned Parenthood of America and the ACLU Reproductive Rights Project, obtained a permanent injunction against a 2011 Wisconsin law that required physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where those services are performed. U.S. District Court Judge William Conley held that the law imposed unconstitutional burdens on the right of Wisconsin women to access abortion services, that the imposition of those burdens, rather than any attempt to promote women's health, was the Legislature's unconstitutional intent when it passed the law and that the law impermissibly and unconstitutionally delegated to private institutions with no right of appeal to the state the decision of whether to award admitting privileges. Read the judge's decision here.