UPDATE: Abortion lawsuit set for trial later this month

UPDATED Sunday, May 18, 2014 --- 2:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal trial to determine whether a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is constitutional is set to get underway later this month.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit in July arguing the law would force clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close because abortion providers at the facilities lack admitting privileges. The groups contend the law unconstitutionally restricts abortion availability because it would force women to travel hundreds of miles further to facilities in Madison and Milwaukee where providers have such privileges.

State attorneys counter the law ensures continuity of care if a woman develops complications following an abortion.

The trial is set to begin on May 27 before U.S. District Judge William Conley.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Thursday, April 24, 2014 --- 11:13 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Planned Parenthood attorney is trying to convince a judge to permanently block a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.

The law requires a doctor to determine whether a woman's consent is voluntary and be in the room when the woman is given abortion-inducing drugs. Violators could face prison.

Planned Parenthood sued in Dane County Circuit Court in February 2013 arguing the law is vague. The organization contends it's unclear if the doctor must be present when the woman receives the drugs or when she ingests them and how doctors should determine whether someone is forcing the woman into the procedure.

The organization's attorney, Susan Crawford, told Judge Richard Niess during a hearing Thursday that doctors need to know exactly what they must do to avoid criminal charges.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 --- 6:27 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.

The law requires a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to perform a physical exam before they can prescribe abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are given to the woman.

Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors need to be present when drugs are dispensed or administered.

Judge Richard Niess is set to hear arguments Thursday morning.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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