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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Files Petition for Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Matter of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, et al. v. J.B. Van Hollen, et al.

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that he is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Wisconsin’s 2013 Act 37, which requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges in local hospitals.


“I believe Act 37 as passed by the Legislature is constitutional and am hopeful the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the injunction of Act 37, which is currently in effect,” Van Hollen said.


Act 37 went into effect in July 2013 but was immediately enjoined by U.S. District Court Judge William Conley in Madison. Van Hollen appealed the ruling to the Seventh Circuit, which affirmed Judge Conley in December 2013. The case is set for trial in May of this year.


A link to the Petition is available here.  The appeal is being handled by the Department of Justice’s Special Litigation & Appeals Unit, which is responsible for all civil appeals and cases of unique importance to the State.