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Madison federal judge issues injunction against state's abortion law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A federal judge has issued an injunction against a part of Wisconsin's newest abortion law late Friday.

U.S. District Judge William Conley of Madison ruled that the part of the law requiring abortion doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges.

Conley ruled that state attorneys aren't likely to prove the admitting privileges requirement is reasonably related to a woman's health and the plaintiffs probably can show the mandate poses a substantial obstacle to obtaining abortions.

In the writing, Conley stated: "Given the substantial likelihood of success on the merits and of irreparable harm, the public's interest is best serviced by imposing a preliminary injunction on enforcement of the admitting privileges requirement until this court can address its merits after trial."

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed suit against the measure just hours after Republican Governor Scott Walker signed it July 5th. It requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of where they normally conduct their abortion procedures.

Planned Parenthood had previously said their clinic in Grand Chute would be forced to close due to the new law. AMS also indicated that a Milwaukee clinic would also be on the chopping block.

The state says the law is needed in procedures where complications arise.

The new law also requires abortion candidates to get ultrasounds. That part of the law remains in effect.