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updated: 7/17/2013 7:57 AM

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.

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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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