253.10(6)(am)3. 3. Any grandparent of the aborted unborn child or the unborn child that is attempted to be aborted.
253.10(6)(b) (b) A person who has been awarded damages under par. (a) or (am) shall, in addition to any damages awarded under par. (a) or (am), be entitled to not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000 in punitive damages for a violation that satisfies a standard under s. 895.043 (3).
253.10(6)(c) (c) A conviction under sub. (5) is not a condition precedent to bringing an action, obtaining a judgment or collecting the judgment under this subsection.
253.10(6)(d) (d) Notwithstanding s. 814.04 (1), a person who recovers damages under par. (a) or (b) may also recover reasonable attorney fees incurred in connection with the action.
253.10(6)(dm) (dm) A district attorney or the attorney general may institute an action for injunctive relief against any person who performs or attempts to perform an abortion in violation of sub. (3g).
253.10(6)(e) (e) A contract is not a defense to an action under this subsection.
253.10(6)(f) (f) Nothing in this subsection limits the common law rights of a person that are not in conflict with sub. (3).
253.10(7) (7)Affirmative defense. No person is liable under sub. (5) or (6) or under s. 441.07 (1g) (f), 448.02 (3) (a), or 457.26 (2) (gm) for failure under sub. (3) (c) 2. d. to provide the printed materials described in sub. (3) (d) to a woman or for failure under sub. (3) (c) 2. d., e., f., fm., or g. to describe the contents of the printed materials if the person has made a reasonably diligent effort to obtain the printed materials under sub. (3) (e) and s. 46.245 and the department and the county department under s. 46.215, 46.22, or 46.23 have not made the printed materials available at the time that the person is required to give them to the woman.
253.10(7m) (7m)Confidentiality in court proceedings.
253.10(7m)(a)(a) In every proceeding brought under this section, the court, upon motion or sua sponte, shall rule whether the identity of any woman upon whom an abortion was performed or induced or attempted to be performed or induced shall be kept confidential unless the woman waives confidentiality. If the court determines that a woman's identity should be kept confidential, the court shall issue orders to the parties, witnesses, and counsel and shall direct the sealing of the record and exclusion of individuals from courtrooms or hearing rooms to the extent necessary to safeguard the woman's identity from public disclosure. If the court issues an order to keep a woman's identity confidential, the court shall provide written findings explaining why the woman's identity should be kept confidential, why the order is essential to that end, how the order is narrowly tailored to its purpose, and why no reasonable less restrictive alternative exists.
253.10(7m)(b) (b) Any person, except for a public official, who brings an action under this section shall do so under a pseudonym unless the person obtains the written consent of the woman upon whom an abortion was performed or induced, or attempted to be performed or induced, in violation of this section.
253.10(7m)(c) (c) The section may not be construed to allow the identity of a plaintiff or a witness to be concealed from the defendant.
253.10(8) (8)Construction. Nothing in this section may be construed as creating or recognizing a right to abortion or as making lawful an abortion that is otherwise unlawful.
253.10 Annotation Sub. (2) (d) is constitutional and preempts the operation of s. 48.375 (4) (b) 1. in the case of emergency abortions for minors. Sub. (3) (c) 2. is constitutional; physicians may rely on their "best medical judgment" in delivering the content to be conveyed to the patient on the specific listed topics and cannot be held liable because prosecutors disagree with information provided to a woman on a certain topic. Sub. (3) (c) 1. g. is constitutional. Karlin v. Foust, 188 F.3d 446 (7th Cir. 1999). (All references are to 1995 stats.)
253.10 AnnotationSection 253.10 (3) (c) 1. j., 1995 stats., is unconstitutional. Karlin v. Foust, 975 F. Supp. 1177 (1997). This holding was not subject to the appeal in Karlin v. Foust, 188 F.3d 446.
253.105 253.105 Prescription and use of abortion-inducing drugs.
253.105(1)(1) In this section:
253.105(1)(a) (a) "Abortion" has the meaning given in s. 253.10 (2) (a).
253.105(1)(b) (b) "Abortion-inducing drug" has the meaning given in s. 253.10 (2) (am).
253.105(1)(c) (c) "Physician" has the meaning given in s. 448.01 (5).
253.105(2) (2) No person may give an abortion-inducing drug to a woman unless the physician who prescribed, or otherwise provided, the abortion-inducing drug for the woman:
253.105(2)(a) (a) Performs a physical exam of the woman before the information is provided under s. 253.10 (3) (c) 1.
253.105(2)(b) (b) Is physically present in the room when the drug is given to the woman.
253.105(3) (3)Penalty. Any person who violates sub. (2) is guilty of a Class I felony. No penalty may be assessed against a woman to whom an abortion-inducing drug is given.
253.105(4) (4)Civil remedies.
253.105(4)(a)(a) Any of the following persons has a claim against a person who intentionally or recklessly violates sub. (2):
253.105(4)(a)1. 1. A woman to whom an abortion-inducing drug was given in violation of sub. (2).
253.105(4)(a)2. 2. If the abortion-inducing drug was given to a minor in violation of sub. (2), a parent or guardian of the minor.
253.105(4)(a)3. 3. The father of the unborn child aborted as the result of an abortion-inducing drug given in violation of sub. (2), unless the pregnancy of the person to whom the abortion-inducing drug was given was the result of sexual assault in violation of s. 940.225, 944.06, 948.02, 948.025, 948.06, 948.085, or 948.09 and the violation was committed by the father.
253.105(4)(b) (b) A claim for relief under par. (a) may include:
253.105(4)(b)1. 1. Damages arising out of the inducement of the abortion, including damages for personal injury and emotional and psychological distress.
253.105(4)(b)2. 2. Punitive damages for a violation that satisfies the standard under s. 895.043 (3).
253.105(4)(c) (c) Notwithstanding s. 814.04 (1), a person who recovers damages under this subsection may also recover reasonable attorney fees incurred in connection with the action.
253.105(4)(d) (d) A conviction under sub. (3) is not a condition precedent to bringing an action, obtaining a judgment, or collecting a judgment under this subsection.
253.105(4)(e) (e) A contract is not a defense to an action under this subsection.
253.105(4)(f) (f) Nothing in this section limits the common law rights of a person that are not in conflict with sub. (2).
253.105(5) (5)Confidentiality in court proceedings.
253.105(5)(a)(a) In every proceeding brought under this section, the court, upon motion or sua sponte, shall rule whether the identity of any woman upon whom an abortion was induced or attempted to be induced shall be kept confidential unless the woman waives confidentiality. If the court determines that a woman's identity should be kept confidential, the court shall issue orders to the parties, witnesses, and counsel and shall direct the sealing of the record and exclusion of individuals from courtrooms or hearing rooms to the extent necessary to safeguard the woman's identity from public disclosure. If the court issues an order to keep a woman's identity confidential, the court shall provide written findings explaining why the woman's identity should be kept confidential, why the order is essential to that end, how the order is narrowly tailored to its purpose, and why no reasonable less restrictive alternative exists.
253.105(5)(b) (b) Any person, except for a public official, who brings an action under this section shall do so under a pseudonym unless the person obtains the written consent of the woman upon whom an abortion was induced, or attempted to be induced, in violation of this section.
253.105(5)(c) (c) The section may not be construed to allow the identity of a plaintiff or a witness to be concealed from the defendant.
253.105(6) (6)Construction. Nothing in this section may be construed as creating or recognizing a right to abortion or as making lawful an abortion that is otherwise unlawful.
253.105 History History: 2011 a. 217.
253.107 253.107 Probable postfertilization age; later-term abortions.
253.107(1)(1) Definitions. In this section:
253.107(1)(a) (a) "Abortion" has the meaning given in s. 253.10 (2) (a).
253.107(1)(b) (b) "Medical emergency" has the meaning given in s. 253.10 (2) (d).
253.107(1)(c) (c) "Probable postfertilization age of the unborn child" means the number of weeks that have elapsed from the probable time of fertilization of a woman's ovum.
253.107(2) (2)Probable postfertilization age. Except in the case of a medical emergency, no physician may perform or induce an abortion, or attempt to perform or induce an abortion, unless the physician performing or inducing it has first made a determination of the probable postfertilization age of the unborn child or relied upon such a determination made by another physician.
253.107(3) (3)Protection of unborn child capable of feeling pain from abortions.
253.107(3)(a)(a) No person shall perform or induce or attempt to perform or induce an abortion upon a woman when the unborn child is considered capable of experiencing pain unless the woman is undergoing a medical emergency. For purposes of this subsection, an unborn child is considered to be capable of experiencing pain if the probable postfertilization age of the unborn child is 20 or more weeks.
253.107(3)(b) (b) When the unborn child is considered capable of experiencing pain and the pregnant woman is undergoing a medical emergency, the physician shall terminate the pregnancy in the manner that, in reasonable medical judgment, provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive, unless the termination of the pregnancy in that manner poses a greater risk either of the death of the pregnant woman or of the substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function of the woman than other available methods.
253.107(4) (4)Penalty. Any person who violates sub. (3) (a) is guilty of a Class I felony. No penalty may be assessed against a woman upon whom an abortion is performed or induced or attempted to be performed or induced.
253.107(5) (5)Civil remedies; injunctions.
253.107(5)(a)(a) Any of the following individuals may bring a claim for damages, including damages for personal injury and emotional and psychological distress, against a person who performs, or attempts to perform, an abortion in violation of this section:
253.107(5)(a)1. 1. A woman on whom an abortion is performed or induced or attempted to be performed or induced.
253.107(5)(a)2. 2. The father of the aborted unborn child or the unborn child that is attempted to be aborted, unless the pregnancy is the result of sexual assault under s. 940.225 (1), (2), or (3) or incest under s. 948.06 (1) or (1m).
253.107(5)(b) (b) A person who has been awarded damages under par. (a) shall, in addition to any damages awarded under par. (a), be entitled to punitive damages for a violation that satisfies a standard under s. 895.043 (3).
253.107(5)(c)1.1. Notwithstanding s. 814.04 (1), a person who recovers damages under par. (a) or (b) may also recover reasonable attorney fees incurred in connection with the action.
253.107(5)(c)2. 2. If a defendant prevails in an action under par. (a) and the court finds the action was frivolous or brought in bad faith, notwithstanding s. 814.04 (1), the defendant may recover reasonable attorney fees incurred in connection with defending the action.
253.107(5)(d) (d) A contract is not a defense to an action under this subsection.
253.107(5)(e) (e) Nothing in this subsection limits the common law rights of a person that are not in conflict with sub. (2) or (3).
253.107(5)(f) (f) A prosecuting attorney with appropriate jurisdiction may bring an action for injunctive relief against a person who has intentionally or recklessly violated this section.
253.107(6) (6)Confidentiality in court proceedings.
253.107(6)(a)(a) In every proceeding brought under this section, the court, upon motion or sua sponte, shall rule whether the identity of any woman upon whom an abortion was performed or induced or attempted to be performed or induced shall be kept confidential unless the woman waives confidentiality. If the court determines that a woman's identity should be kept confidential, the court shall issue orders to the parties, witnesses, and counsel and shall direct the sealing of the record and exclusion of individuals from courtrooms or hearing rooms to the extent necessary to safeguard the woman's identity from public disclosure. If the court issues an order to keep a woman's identity confidential, the court shall provide written findings explaining why the woman's identity should be kept confidential, why the order is essential to that end, how the order is narrowly tailored to its purpose, and why no reasonable less restrictive alternative exists.
253.107(6)(b) (b) Any person, except for a public official, who brings an action under this section shall do so under a pseudonym unless the person obtains the written consent of the woman upon whom an abortion was performed or induced, or attempted to be performed or induced, in violation of this section.
253.107(6)(c) (c) This section may not be construed to allow the identity of a plaintiff or a witness to be concealed from the defendant.
253.107(7) (7)Construction. Nothing in this section may be construed as creating or recognizing a right to abortion or as making lawful an abortion that is otherwise unlawful.
Effective date note NOTE: This section is created eff. 2-1-16 by 2015 Wis. Act 56.
253.107 History History: 2015 a. 56.
253.11 253.11 Infant blindness.
253.11(1)(1) For the prevention of ophthalmia neonatorum or infant blindness the attending physician or midwife shall use a prophylactic agent approved by the department.
253.11(2) (2) In a confinement not attended by a physician or nurse-midwife, if one or both eyes of an infant become inflamed, swollen and red or show an unnatural discharge at any time within 2 weeks after birth, the nurse, parents, or other person in charge shall report the facts in writing within 6 hours to the local health officer who shall immediately warn the person of the danger. The local health officer shall employ at the expense of the local health department a competent physician to examine and treat the case.
253.11(3) (3) Any person who violates this section may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
253.11 History History: 1979 c. 221; 1987 a. 332; 1993 a. 27 s. 314; Stats. 1993 s. 253.11.
253.115 253.115 Newborn hearing screening.
253.115(1) (1) Definitions. In this section:
253.115(1)(a) (a) "Hearing loss" means an inability in one or both ears to detect sounds at 30 decibels hearing level or greater in the frequency region of 500 to 4,000 hertz that affects speech recognition and auditory comprehension.
253.115(1)(b) (b) "Hertz" means a unit of frequency equal to one cycle per second.
253.115(1)(c) (c) "Hospital" has the meaning given in s. 50.33 (2).
253.115(1)(d) (d) "Infant" means a child from birth to 3 months of age.
253.115(1)(e) (e) "Newborn hearing screening program" means a system of a hospital under which an infant may be tested, using currently available medical techniques, to determine if the infant has a hearing loss.
253.115(2) (2) Screening program report. Beginning July 1, 2002, the department shall annually collect information from hospitals for the previous calendar year concerning the numbers of deliveries in each hospital and the availability in each hospital of a newborn hearing screening program. From this information, by July 31, 2003, and annually thereafter, the department shall determine the percentage of deliveries in this state that are performed in hospitals that have newborn hearing screening programs and shall report this information to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature under s. 13.172 (3).
253.115(3) (3)Hospital screening program. If, by August 5, 2003, the department determines that fewer than 88% of all deliveries in this state are performed in hospitals that have a newborn hearing screening program and so notifies the hospitals, every hospital shall, by January 1, 2004, have a newborn hearing screening program that is available to all infants who are delivered in the hospital.
253.115(4) (4)Screening required. Except as provided in sub. (6), the physician, nurse-midwife licensed under s. 441.15, or certified professional midwife licensed under s. 440.982 who attended the birth shall ensure that the infant is screened for hearing loss before being discharged from a hospital, or within 30 days of birth if the infant was not born in a hospital.
253.115(5) (5)Referral to follow-up services. The department shall provide referrals to intervention programs for hearing loss.
253.115(6) (6)Exceptions.
253.115(6)(a)(a) Subsection (4) does not apply if the parents or legal guardian of the child object to a screen for hearing loss on the grounds that the test conflicts with their religious tenets and practices.
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2013-14 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2015 Wis. Act 60 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before August 26, 2015. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 26, 2015 are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-26-15)