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Hearing date set in Wisconsin abortion lawsuit


MADISON (WKOW) -- U.S. District Judge William Conley has scheduled arguments for next Wednesday, July 17, in a lawsuit filed seeking to block a new Wisconsin law that would require women seeking abortions to first have an ultrasound.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Friday, July 5, the same day Gov. Scott Walker signed the Republican-backed bill into law. It took effect Monday.

Both groups argue the new law is unconstitutional and are seeking a temporary restraining order to block the law.

In addition to requiring an ultrasound, the law also bans doctors from performing an abortion at a facility if they don't have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of that facility.

Planned Parenthood says that stipulation would force the closure of its Appleton clinic. 

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