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Judge extends restraining order against abortion law

MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge extended a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of a provision in a new Wisconsin law that would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. 

Judge William Conley says he will make a decision on the permanence of that order within the next two weeks.  Judge Conley made the announcement late Wednesday morning, following a hearing at the federal courthouse in downtown Madison.  

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (ACLU) are suing the State of Wisconsin over that specific provision of the law. 

Attorneys for the plaintiffs argue that requirement would force the closure of Planned Parenthood clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee.

"Its a very urgent situation for our patients and clinics who have abortion services scheduled and are entitled to under the constitution," said ACLU Attorney Larry Dupuis. "We were concerned that those appointments would be disrupted and we were relieved to see the judge extended the temporary restraining order."

Speaking to reporters in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Walker (R-Wisconsin) said he wasn't disappointed by Judge Conley's extension.

"Similar to other issues that have come up in the past, whether it was Act 10 or any other - Voter ID, there's been all sorts of other challenges out there, my guess is just like we saw in all those others it'll be upheld," said Gov. Walker.

But Dupuis says he believes this case presents specific problems for the state.

"I don't see a whole lot of justification from independent medical experts for imposing this kind of medical requirement on doctors," said DuPuis.  "It's not imposed on any other kind of physician that they have admitting privileges to do out-patient (procedures) that are much more dangerous than abortion, which is extremely safe."

"In the end, they're gonna make a ruling," said Gov. Walker.  "Hopefully based on what the law is, not based on what their opinion is."

Judge Conley also set a trial date of November 25th in the case.

Another key provision of that same law, which requires all women seeking abortions to first get an ultrasound, is not being challenged.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A federal judge will hear arguments about part of Wisconsin's new abortion law on Wednesday.

Last week, U.S. District Judge William Conley temporarily blocked the requirement that abortion providers need to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, but a judge will consider reinstating them or continue the stay while he weighs the lawsuit.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit in Madison arguing two abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee would have to close because their providers lack admitting privileges.

Those who support the law say abortion providers can best treat women at a hospital if complications arise and driving further for an abortion isn't a burden.

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