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Bickering and quoting Mark Twain in trial over Wisconsin abortion law

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Thursday's proceedings in a federal trial over Wisconsin's law requiring abortion providers to get hospital admitting privileges included a discussion between three doctors: medical experts chosen by attorneys for each side, as well as an expert chosen by U.S. District Judge William Conley.

During Thursday morning's discussion, Judge Conley sparred with Dr. John Thorp, a University of North Carolina obstetrician called by state attorneys who are defending the law. Judge Conley pressed Thorp to quantify the risks from abortion. Thorp resisted, saying there are no reliable U.S. studies on maternal deaths from abortion.

Conley quipped that the discussion reminded him of the quote often attributed to Mark Twain, that there are "lies, damned lies and statistics."

Thorp claimed he was "chilled" by the idea a federal judge would think he's lying, before Judge Conley made clear he didn't think Thorp was lying and didn't mean to imply that.

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