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Madison judge expects to rule on abortion lawsuit within 90 days

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in Madison says he expects to rule within 90 days on a request to throw out a 2012 state law which spells out conditions for abortions.  

An attorney for Planned Parenthood told Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess Thursday that the law is too vague -- and doctors need to know exactly what to do to avoid criminal charges.  

The law, passed by majority Republicans, requires doctors to determine if a woman seeking an abortion is not being coerced. Also, a doctor must be in the room when a woman is given drugs to induce abortion.  

Planned Parenthood attorney Susan Crawford said it's not clear if the doctor must be present when woman actually takes the drugs. Normally, a woman will take one pill in a doctor's office, and another at home a day or two later.  

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the doctor does not have to be with the patient when the second pill is taken -- but Planned Parenthood said the law's language needs to be more clear on that. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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