DOJ asks US justices to reinstate abortion law

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Justice has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the mandate into law last summer. Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a federal lawsuit the same day, alleging the law would force the organizations to close two abortion clinics because providers at both facilities lack admitting privileges.

U.S. District Judge William Conley issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law from taking effect while he weighs the case. A federal appeals court upheld the injunction in December.

DOJ, which is controlled by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to review the appellate decision and put the law into effect.

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