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UPDATE: Wis. DOJ asks judge to stay abortion injunction


UPDATED Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 10:33 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to stay a lawsuit challenging a new Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services argue the law will force clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close because the facilities' providers lack such privileges. U.S. District Judge William Conley has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law until he makes a final ruling.

DOJ attorneys have appealed Conley's order to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. They filed a motion Thursday asking Conley to stay the case in his court pending an appellate decision.

Conley has given Planned Parenthood and AMS until next week to weigh in. He has agreed to suspend the case schedule until then.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 9:42 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to stay a lawsuit challenging a new Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals while the agency appeals a stay on the mandate.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services argue the law is unconstitutional and will force clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close because the facilities' providers lack admitting privileges. U.S. District Judge William Conley has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law from taking effect until he makes a final ruling in the case.

DOJ attorneys have appealed Conley's order to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. They filed a motion with Conley on Thursday asking him to stay the case in his court pending an appellate decision.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 10:34 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed a federal judge's injunction blocking a new law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Republicans who wrote the law say it's designed to ensure continuity of care. But Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the law would force the organizations to close two clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee because providers at both facilities lack admitting privileges.

U.S. District Judge William Conley last week issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law pending a November trial.

DOJ attorneys defending the law filed an appeal notice with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. The notice doesn't include any arguments.

Planned Parenthood attorney Lester Pines says he's confident Conley's injunction will survive.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, August 2, 2013 --- 5:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked part of a new Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

U.S. District Judge William Conley's order Friday comes in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services in July. The organizations say a Planned Parenthood clinic in Appleton and an AMS clinic in Milwaukee would have to close because abortion providers at both facilities don't have admitting privileges.

Opponents say such a provision reduces access to legal abortion. State attorneys say the requirement ensures continuity of care if a woman develops complications during an abortion.

Conley issued a temporary hold on the law on July 8 and scheduled a trial for Nov. 25. The injunction ensures the law won't take effect until the trial is over.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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UPDATED Wednesday, July 31, 2013 --- 10:48 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has extended until Aug. 8 his order temporarily blocking enactment of a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

U.S. District Judge William Conley's order Wednesday stems from a lawsuit Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed in July.

Conley says in his order there was some confusion about whether the temporary block issued on July 17 would expire on Wednesday, so he was temporarily extending it another week while he finishes his ruling on the injunction.

Conley says he expects to rule by the end of the week on issuing a preliminary injunction blocking the law until trial in November.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday July 17, 2013 -- 11:18 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. -- Late Wednesday morning a federal judge extended the injunction against a new state abortion law.

U.S. District Judge William Conley last week temporarily blocked the admitting privileges requirement. Today's hearing was to consider arguments to reinstate them or continue the stay while he weighs the lawsuit.

The new law requires women seeking an abortion to get an ultrasound.

The ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit claiming two abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee would have to close because their providers lack admitting privileges.

We expect a final decision on the lawsuit to happen in the next two weeks.

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Posted Wednesday, July 17, 2013 ---5:22 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge is set to consider arguments for lifting a temporary stay on a crucial section of a new Wisconsin abortion law.

The language requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit in Madison arguing two abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee would have to close because their providers lack admitting privileges.

The law's supporters contend abortion providers can best treat women at a hospital if complications arise and driving further for an abortion isn't a burden.

U.S. District Judge William Conley last week temporarily blocked the admitting privileges requirement. He has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to consider arguments to reinstate them or continue the stay while he weighs the lawsuit.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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