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Planned Parenthood fights ban on drug-induced abortions

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MADISON (WSAU)  Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has asked a judge to throw out a state law in which doctors could face felony charges for performing drug-induced abortions. The procedure used to cover about a quarter of all abortions by Planned Parenthood. But that was before the group stopped offering the non-surgical abortions when the law took effect on April 20th.

Among other things, the law requires that women visit their doctors three times before getting drug-induced abortions – and doctors must prove that the women are not being coerced into having the procedure. Republicans said at the time that the measure would save lives, but Planned Parenthood said the law was vague – and it’s hard for doctors to determine if they’re in compliance.

The group is suing the state Medical Examining Board, Attorney General J-B Van Hollen, and county district attorneys. Dana Brueck of the Justice Department says her agency will review the lawsuit, and then make an appropriate response.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood continues to perform surgical abortions at its facilities in Milwaukee, Madison, and Appleton.

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