Republicans to intervene in Planned Parenthood lawsuit

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican lawmakers want to intervene and hire their own attorneys at taxpayer expense to represent the Legislature in a lawsuit filed against the state by Planned Parenthood.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Wednesday it is necessary for them to intervene because of Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul's "lengthy history of forwarding Planned Parenthood's agenda."

Kaul is defending the state in the lawsuit, filed in January. He's remained on the case, even as he joined a multi-state lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's attempts to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions.

Kaul's spokeswoman Gillian Drummond did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Planned Parenthood attorney Lester Pines says Republicans want to be "co-attorney general" and should at least wait to see what Kaul's legal arguments are.