Planned Parenthood could close Appleton center

CREATED Jun. 10, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood says it would close its Appleton abortion facility if a new bill affecting abortion policies gets signed into law.

The legislation was sponsored by Republican Sen. Mary Lazich. It would require that doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion would be performed. It would also require that physicians perform or arrange for ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.

A Senate committee passed the measure Monday.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Nicole Safar tells The Associated Press the 30-mile mandate would make it harder for Appleton-area women to find qualified providers nearby.

Safar says the exact timeline for the closure would depend on when the bill is signed into law. Besides its Appleton site, Planned Parenthood provides abortion in Madison and Milwaukee facilities.