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Federal judge hints at inflexible abortion law as trial wraps up

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A federal judge says the Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges may not be flexible enough.  

Judge William Conley of Madison made the remark Friday, as he wrapped up a four-day bench trial on a challenge to the law from Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services of Milwaukee.  

Conley said he's troubled that the law required hospital privileges to be obtained within three days of the law's adoption. He said it could hurt efforts by clinics to get new providers after that.  

The plaintiffs said the law could force the AMS clinic in Milwaukee to close, and the Planned Parenthood clinic there could not cover the slack.  

State attorneys said the law is needed to make sure abortion patients get a continuity of care should something go wrong for procedures at abortion clinics.  

It's expected to be at least six weeks before Judge Conley issues a ruling in the case. The law never took effect, because abortion clinics filed suit just hours after the governor signed it.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)