NEW INFORMATION: Judge blocks new Wisconsin abortion law

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.

U.S. District Judge William Conley granted the hold Monday evening after a hearing earlier in the day. The restraining order will remain in place pending a fuller hearing July 17.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit Friday. It alleged that the requirement would unconstitutionally restrict the availability of abortions in the state, violates the U.S. Constitution's due process guarantee and unconstitutionally treats doctors who perform abortions differently from those who perform other procedures.

The bill was introduced in the Legislature on June 4, passed nine days later and signed into law Friday by Gov. Scott Walker.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge says he will rule by Tuesday morning on a request to temporarily block enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that requires women seeking abortions to first undergo an ultrasound.

The lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union challenges another part of the law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing the procedures.

U.S. District Judge William Conley heard arguments Monday in a hastily called hearing. Conley says he will make a decision no later than Tuesday morning on whether the law can remain in effect at least until a July 17 hearing he scheduled on the lawsuit.

Gov. Scott Walker signed the Republican-backed bill into law on Friday and it took effect on Monday.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has scheduled arguments for July 17 in a lawsuit filed seeking to block a new Wisconsin law that would require women seeking abortions to first undergo an ultrasound.

U.S. District Judge William Conley set the date for arguments in the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union. They filed a lawsuit on Friday arguing that the new law was unconstitutional.

The groups are seeking a temporary restraining order to block the law.

Gov. Scott Walker signed the Republican-backed bill into law on Friday and it took effect on Monday.

In addition to requiring an ultrasound, the law also bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing the procedures.


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