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Federal Judge Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law

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Federal Judge Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law

CREATED Aug. 2, 2013
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- 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.