Wisconsin cannot require abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges, according to U.S. District Judge William Conley.

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Gov. Walker issued an "Open Letter on Life", saying he would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, and expects the Legislature to hand him such a bill.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to abortion rights activists and to some women seeking the procedure.


The state Legislature is heading into the final weeks of its two-year session.  A few divisive issues apparently will not surface; among them, new restrictions on abortion.

The law would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Anti-Abortion Bills Advance

Nov 7, 2013

A Wisconsin Senate committee approved two bills Thursday, along party lines, that could restrict abortions.

The state Department of Health Services says doctors performed 6,927 abortions in 2012.

The Wisconsin Justice Department is fighting on behalf of a new state abortion rule. It requires providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

A U.S. district judge has blocked a new state law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.

A federal judge has told Wisconsin, it cannot enforce a new rule on abortion providers, at least until August 8. The rule requires them to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.