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Democrats try to repeal ultrasound-abortion law

A four dimensional ultrasound is seen at a pregnancy clinic in Arlington, Texas. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
A four dimensional ultrasound is seen at a pregnancy clinic in Arlington, Texas. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   State legislative Democrats will announce an effort today to repeal the state law that requires abortion candidates to get ultrasounds. That’s after a federal judge in Madison decided yesterday to keep blocking another part of the same law. William Conley said he would decide within two weeks whether to issue an injunction against a requirement that abortion clinic doctors have hospital admitting privileges. The injunction would prevent the mandate from taking effect until Conley rules on a lawsuit which claims the measure is unconstitutional.

Meanwhile the ultrasound requirement remains in effect.

Democrats are planning a news conference to announce plans to try-and-repeal that measure. But they would have convince at least some majority Republicans to flip-flop, after the G-O-P acted in unison to pass the abortion restrictions last month.

Republicans say the ultrasounds give women the chance to see their unborn babies in the womb, with the idea that some would change their minds about giving them up.

As for the hospital admitting privileges, Planned Parenthood says most abortion doctors don’t need them. A state attorney said an abortion results in a hospitalization about once every 16 days in Wisconsin. If the law is upheld, abortions would no longer be performed north of Madison.

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