NEW INFORMATION: Woman who had abortion testifies at trial

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman who says she became extremely ill after having an abortion is testifying in federal court in a trial challenging a state law requiring abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges.

Lena Wood testified Wednesday for state attorneys who are defending the law. Wood testified that she grew extremely ill after she had an abortion in 1995 and was hospitalized for 12 days.

She says the abortion doctor never contacted her, making her feel abandoned.

Planned Parenthood attorney Lester Pines argues Wood had a urinary tract infection and doesn't know for sure whether the abortion caused her illness.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law last summer. State attorneys counter the law insures continuity of care.

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