Judge tells abortion doctor to try for privileges

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Associated Press

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 5:07 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge wants a Milwaukee abortion provider to renew efforts to obtain hospital admitting privileges as a possible resolution to a lawsuit alleging that a Wisconsin law requiring providers get such privileges is unconstitutional.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services argue the requirement will force AMS's Milwaukee clinic to close because the two providers there lack admitting privileges and can't get them.

One of the providers, Dennis Christensen, testified Thursday he has been trying to get privileges at two Milwaukee hospitals since last summer but hasn't secured them and he's uncertain why.

U.S. District Judge William Conley told Christensen to find out why the hospitals won't grant the privileges. He suggested if AMS can get privileges it could resolve the challenge short of striking down the requirement.

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