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Act 217 FAQs

According to Wisconsin Statutes § 253.10(3)(c)1 and Wisconsin Statutes § 253.10(3)(c)2, physicians must provide patients with a variety of information prior to performing or inducing an abortion. Most of the information must be conveyed orally and in person, but there also are requirements to provide some specific information in writing. These FAQs focus specifically on the changes in the law resulting from 2011 Wisconsin Act 217. We recommend that you consult with your attorney regarding the complete list of information that must be provided to patients seeking an abortion or inducement of an abortion, to ensure that your practice complies with Wisconsin law.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provide an overview of the provisions in 2011 Wisconsin Act 217, enacted into law on April 5, 2012. You may access a copy of the Act by clicking here. Additionally, the Wisconsin Legislative Council has prepared a brief description of the Act which is available here. The FAQs are not intended to serve as legal advice or as a substitute for the advice of an attorney.