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UPDATE: Judge Sets July 17 Arguments in Abortion Lawsuit

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATED: Mon 11:19 AM, Jul 08, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has scheduled arguments for July 17 in a lawsuit filed seeking to block a new Wisconsin law that would require women seeking abortions to first undergo an ultrasound.

U.S. District Judge William Conley set the date for arguments in the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union. They filed a lawsuit on Friday arguing that the new law was unconstitutional.

The groups are seeking a temporary restraining order to block the law.
Gov. Scott Walker signed the Republican-backed bill into law on Friday and it took effect on Monday.

In addition to requiring an ultrasound, the law also bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing the procedures.

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UPDATED: Fri 1:57 PM, Jul 05, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a contentious Republican bill that would require women seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound of the fetus before the procedure and prohibit doctors from performing abortions unless they have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill last month. It would require abortion providers to point out a fetus' features on the ultrasound and have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles to perform the procedure.

Planned Parenthood contends the language is designed to shut down its Appleton clinic. None of the providers there have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles. The organization has vowed to sue to block the law.


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