MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to stay a lawsuit challenging a new Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services argue the law will force clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close because the facilities' providers lack such privileges. U.S. District Judge William Conley has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law until he makes a final ruling.
DOJ attorneys have appealed Conley's order to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. They filed a motion Thursday asking Conley to stay the case in his court pending an appellate decision.
Conley has given Planned Parenthood and AMS until next week to weigh in. He has agreed to suspend the case schedule until then.
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