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updated: 5/27/2014 9:03 AM

Wisconsin abortion trial set to begin

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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge is about to start weighing the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit in July arguing the law would force abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close because providers at the facilities lack admitting privileges.

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The Appleton providers have since gained privileges. The organizations still contend the law would force the AMS facility to close, placing a burden on women seeking abortions.

State attorneys argue the law ensures continuity of care if complications arise and a woman goes to a hospital.

U.S. District Judge William Conley is scheduled to begin a bench trial on Tuesday. Proceedings are expected to last until at least Friday.

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