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DOJ appeals abortion law injunction

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed a federal judge’s injunction blocking a new law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Republicans who wrote the law say it’s designed to ensure continuity of care. But Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the law would force the organizations to close two clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee because providers at both facilities lack admitting privileges.

U.S. District Judge William Conley last week issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law pending a November trial.

DOJ attorneys defending the law filed an appeal notice with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. The notice doesn’t include any arguments.

Planned Parenthood attorney Lester Pines said he’s confident Conley’s injunction will survive.


  1. Talk about government waste of taxpayer money.

  2. Indeed! Doesn’t the AG have anything better to do? “Continuity of care?” Nonsense. This law is designed to harass pregnant women. As if they didn’t already have to deal with the physical and emotional concerns of a pregnancy they do not want. What further annoys me is how these “you must have this baby” folk could care less once it is born. They will not be there to pay for it or to take care of it. More likely they will denounce the mother as “lazy” if she can’t find a job and goes on welfare.

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