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Federal judge blocks enforcement of new Wis. abortion law


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A federal judge in Madison has granted a temporary restraining order against Wisconsin’s new anti-abortion law. 

A lawsuit was filed Friday after Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law. 

The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union who are representing Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services. 

The restraining order will remain in place arguments are heard July 17th.

After scheduling those arguments in the afternoon, U.S. District Judge William Conley granted the hold Monday evening.

It blocks enforcement of the law that would have required women to get an ultrasound prior to an abortion. It also prevents doctors who don’t have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.

Planned Parenthood says that would force the closure of their clinic in Appleton. 

They argue the law is unconstitutional because it would restrict abortions and single out doctors who perform abortion by treating them differently that those who perform other procedures.