NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin judge clarifies abortion law

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County circuit court judge has ruled that Wisconsin doctors do not have to be present when a woman takes drugs prescribed for a medical abortion.

The decision Thursday by Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess clarifies a 2012 law challenged by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Both Planned Parenthood and the state Department of Justice had agreed on how the law ought to be interpreted. The law had been on hold since April 2013 while the case was pending.

Niess says in his ruling that doctors have to be present when giving the drug to a woman, but they do not have to be there when the woman actually ingests the pill.

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the law in 2012 and Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County circuit court judge has sided with Planned Parenthood in issuing a ruling clarifying a 2012 state law that makes doctors who perform medication-induced abortions subject to criminal penalties.

Judge Richard Niess clarified in his ruling Thursday that doctors have to be present when giving the drug to a woman, but they do not have to be there when the woman actually ingests the pill.

Niess had placed the law on hold in April 2013 while deciding the case. Planned Parenthood had been proceeding with medical abortions during that time and will continue.

The group's attorney Lester Pines says Planned Parenthood doctors comply with the law and administer the drugs, but the woman takes them at home.

A state Department of Justice spokeswoman had no immediate comment.


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