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Abortion trial in Wisconsin set to begin today

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A federal trial begins Tuesday to determine whether it's constitutional to force Wisconsin abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.  

Judge William Conley of Madison will preside over a bench trial that's expected to run for at least four days.  

Planned Parenthood and the Affiliated Medical Services filed suit against the requirement. It held up the measure just hours after it was supposed to take effect last July.

Back then, the plaintiffs said it would have forced all abortion facilities north of Madison and Milwaukee to close -- because it would have been difficult to obtain the hospital privileges.  

Media reports said Planned Parenthood abortion providers in Appleton have obtained those privileges -- but they still say an Affiliated clinic in Milwaukee would be forced to close.  

State government attorneys say the law assures consistent care in the event of complications which require hospital treatment.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)