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UPDATE: Federal judges aggressively question WI abortion clinic law

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CHICAGO (AP) -- An appellate court in Chicago heard arguments Tuesday morning on a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

The hour-long hearing at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will help the three-judge panel decide whether to lift a temporary block on the law imposed by a lower court.

Judges aggressively questioned an attorney defending Wisconsin's law. Judge Richard Posner repeatedly asked why legislators singled out abortion clinics for the requirement and did not extend it to other outpatient clinics performing more dangerous procedures. Posner went as far as to say the Wisconsin law "sounds irrational."

Critics say the law on admitting privileges is a back door approach to stymie abortion rights, while supporters say the law protects women's health.

Planned Parenthood has said the law would force the closure of clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee.

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MADISON (WKOW) – A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state's new abortion law.

It requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.  A ruling by a U.S. District Judge in August froze the requirement.

State attorneys have asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to life the freeze.

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