Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law

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A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order preventing Wisconsin from enforcing a new abortion law.

The bill was introduced in the Legislature on June 4, passed nine days later and signed into law Friday by Gov. Scott Walker.
The law bans doctors from performing abortions if they don't have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

U.S. District Judge William Conley granted the hold Monday evening after a hearing earlier in the day. The restraining order will remain in place pending a fuller hearing July 17.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit Friday.

The abortion provider argued the requirement would unconstitutionally restrict the availability of abortions in the state.
Proponents said the law is aimed at providing the best available health care for women.

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