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NEW INFORMATION: Doctor says abortion provider abandoned patient

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An obstetrician is testifying that an abortion provider abandoned a patient who needed a hysterectomy as state attorneys try to persuade a federal judge to uphold Wisconsin's law requiring abortion providers get hospital admitting privileges.

Milwaukee-based obstetrician James Linn testified Wednesday that several years ago he assisted on a hysterectomy on a woman who suffered a lacerated uterus during an abortion. He says his colleague tried to reach the doctor who performed the abortion but the provider never called back.

He says in his mind the provider abandoned the patient.

Linn's testimony comes as part of a federal lawsuit Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed last year challenging the admitting privileges mandate. State attorneys contend the requirement ensures continuity of care.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A doctor who performs abortions for Planned Parenthood says it took her nine months to get admitting privileges at two Milwaukee hospitals.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services are challenging Wisconsin's law requiring abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The law's supporters argue the law ensures continuity of care if women must go to hospitals.

Opponents say the law is unnecessary and burdens doctors and women seeking abortions.

Dr. Susan Pfleger testified Tuesday during a federal bench trial that she performs abortions one or two days a week for Planned Parenthood. She says she began applying for admitting privileges in May 2013 and didn't get them until January and February.

State attorneys say Pfleger contributed to the delays by not providing all the needed information at once.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Attorneys for abortion providers are trying to persuade a federal judge that a Wisconsin law requiring those providers to have hospital admitting privileges is unnecessary.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services contend the law will force AMS's Milwaukee clinic to close because providers there lack such admitting privileges. State attorneys counter the law provides continuity of care if complications arise.

AMS clinic director Wendie Ashlock testified in a bench trial that began Tuesday that between 2010 and 2012 about 60 of the clinic's roughly 7,000 patients suffered complications and three were transferred to a hospital in 2012 and 2013.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin medical director Kathy King testified complications are rare and that emergency room doctors can treat the patients. Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas have similar laws. Abortion clinics in Alabama have mounted a similar lawsuit.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge is about to start weighing the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit in July arguing the law would force abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close because providers at the facilities lack admitting privileges.

The Appleton providers have since gained privileges. The organizations still contend the law would force the AMS facility to close, placing a burden on women seeking abortions.

State attorneys argue the law ensures continuity of care if complications arise and a woman goes to a hospital.

U.S. District Judge William Conley is scheduled to begin a bench trial on Tuesday. Proceedings are expected to last until at least Friday.


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