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Arguments in lawsuit over new abortion law today

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday on his decision to temporarily block Wisconsin’s latest abortion law.

William Conley of Madison will decide whether to keep the law on hold, until he issues a final ruling on a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services.

Those groups say it’s unconstitutional to require abortion clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of where they normally perform their procedures.

The State Justice Department says abortion doctors need to use hospital facilities when complications arise – and they’ll have several doctors testify to that fact Wednesday.

The plaintiffs say the law would drastically reduce the numbers of abortions they perform. Planned Parenthood says it would force its Appleton clinic to close.

Governor Scott Walker signed the hospital requirement into law on July 5th, and the lawsuit was filed the same day. Judge Conley put the law on hold a few days later.

The measure also requires abortion candidates to have ultrasounds before giving up their unborn babies. That part of the law is not being challenged, and it remains in place.