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Planned Parenthood to file suit against new Wisconsin abortion law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s two abortion providers say they are filing a lawsuit against a new law that requires abortion candidates to be shown ultra-sounds – and require abortion clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges nearby.

Governor Scott Walker signed SB 206 into law Friday afternoon. 

Both groups say the law is unconstitutional. 

Planned Parenthood President and CEO Teri Huyck says they will file for a temporary restraining order from the law.

Planned Parenthood says it’s designed to shut down its clinic in Appleton. That’s because none of its abortion doctors have admitting privileges within 30 miles of that clinic, which the bill requires.

Affiliated Medical Services would join the lawsuit, which would be filed in federal court in Madison.

In the last session, Walker got heat from women’s health groups for not giving notice in signing bills which reduced their programs.

They also took issue with Walker signing the measures on a Friday afternoon, when most Wisconsinites are thinking about their weekends instead of politics.

Walker has hailed the requirement that abortion candidates see ultra-sounds.

Walker’s fellow Republicans have said the ultrasound measure might change some women’s minds about getting abortions, when they actually see a baby in their wombs.

Susan Armacost of Wisconsin Right-to-Life expects the law to be upheld.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said similar laws have been struck down in Alabama and Mississippi – and it kept some clinics in Kansas open.

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