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Planned Parenthood Could Close Appleton Center

Associated Press

Planned Parenthood Could Close Appleton Center

CREATED Jun. 10, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood says it would close its Appleton abortion facility if a new bill affecting abortion policies gets signed into law.

The legislation was sponsored by Republican Sen. Mary Lazich. It would require that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion would be performed. It would also require that physicians perform or arrange for ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

A Senate committee passed the measure Monday.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Nicole Safar tells The Associated Press the 30-mile mandate would make it harder for Appleton-area women to find qualified providers nearby.

Safar says the exact time-line for the closure would depend on when the bill is signed into law. Besides its Appleton site, Planned Parenthood provides abortion in Madison and Milwaukee facilities.