Judge Blocks New Wisconsin Abortion Law
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CREATED Jul. 8, 2013
A new Wisconsin Abortion Law put on hold. A federal judge has temporarily blocked a law banning doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions. It's a small victory for Planned Parenthood as they fight to keep their Appleton clinic open. The judge's restraining order comes just days after Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical services filed a lawsuit calling the law unconstitutional.
Pro-life advocates say this law is needed in case of an emergency.
"They're performing surgery, there are complications on occasion from that surgery," says Sue Armacost with Right to Life of Wisconsin.
Planned Parenthood views the law as a plan to ban abortion.
"A tactic to put up personal barriers and ultimately to end abortion access," says Tanya Atkinson of Planned Parenthood.
If the law is reinstated, Planned Parenthood says women would have to make the trip to Milwaukee or Madison to have an abortion. The next hearing will be on July 17. The judge will then make another decision on whether to keep the restraining order in place blocking the abortion law.