MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice(DOJ) is asking a federal judge to stay the lawsuit challenging a provision of Wisconsin's new abortion law.
The provision requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the site of the abortion, and Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services are arguing, through the lawsuit, the law will force clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close because the facilities' providers lack such admitting privileges.
U.S. District Judge William Conley has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law until he makes a final ruling. Now DOJ attorneys have appealed Conley's order to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Their motion, filed Thursday, asks Conley to stay the case in his court, pending an appellate court decision. Conley has given Planned Parenthood and AMS until next week to weigh in, and he has agreed to suspend the case schedule until then.
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