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Federal court upholds injunction on state abortion law

Federal court upholds injunction on state abortion law

By Associated Press. CREATED Dec 21, 2013

  MADISON (AP) -- A federal appeals court panel has upheld an injunction blocking Wisconsin's new law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges from taking effect.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a federal lawsuit this summer alleging the law would force the organizations to close clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee because the facilities' providers lack admitting privileges. U.S. District Judge William Conley has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law while he weighs the case.

State attorneys asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to lift the injunction. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously Friday that the injunction can continue.

Judge Richard Posner wrote the clinics face greater harm than the state if the injunction is lifted, the law goes into effect and Conley then strikes it down.