Judge won't lift block on Wis. abortion law
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has refused to lift a temporary stay on a crucial section of a new Wisconsin abortion law.
The language requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit arguing two abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee would have to close because their providers lack admitting privileges.
The law's supporters contend the language ensures continuity of care if complications arise and women can get abortions at other clinics in Madison and Milwaukee.
U.S. District Judge William Conley last week temporarily blocked the privileges requirement. He decided to leave the stay in place after a hearing Wednesday. Conley indicated he'll rule within two weeks on whether to issue an injunction, which would block the requirement through trial.
Governor Walker signed the bill into law earlier in July.