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Federal judge blocks new Wisconsin abortion law

Published On: Aug 02 2013 06:15:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 02 2013 06:50:43 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

A federal judge has blocked part of a new Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

U.S. District Judge William Conley's order Friday comes in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services in July. The organizations say a Planned Parenthood clinic in Appleton and an AMS clinic in Milwaukee would have to close because abortion providers at both facilities don't have admitting privileges.

Opponents say such a provision reduces access to legal abortion. State attorneys say the requirement ensures continuity of care if a woman develops complications during an abortion.

Conley issued a temporary hold on the law on July 8 and scheduled a trial for Nov. 25. The injunction ensures the law won't take effect until the trial is over.

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