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Judge to ponder stay on Wisconsin abortion law

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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal judge is set to consider arguments for lifting a temporary stay on a crucial section of a new Wisconsin abortion law.

The language requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a federal lawsuit in Madison arguing two abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee would have to close because their providers lack admitting privileges.

The law's supporters contend abortion providers can best treat women at a hospital if complications arise and driving further for an abortion isn't a burden.

U.S. District Judge William Conley last week temporarily blocked the admitting privileges requirement. He has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to consider arguments to reinstate them or continue the stay while he weighs the lawsuit.

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