Judge Won’t Lift Block on Wis. Abortion Law
U.S. District Judge William Conley issued his stay last week, three days after Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit alleging the requirement would force two abortion clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close.
Conley’s order affects only those two clinics and will dissolve after two weeks. The groups are seeking a preliminary injunction that would invalidate the requirement through the end of a trial. Conley indicated he planned to rule on the injunction before the stay ends and scheduled the trial for Nov. 25.
Republicans who control the Legislature passed a bill setting up the requirement last month in nine days, without any Democratic support. Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law on July 5.