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Federal Judge Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Rule

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

On Friday, he issued a permanent injunction against the law state leaders passed in 2013, deeming it unconstitutional.

Supporters of the law insist it's designed to protect women seeking abortions, in case the procedure results in complications.  The practitioners were supposed to secure admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, to treat patients. 

Opponents, including Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services claim the law restricts women's access to abortion, because practitioners can't get the required admitting privileges. The two groups sued the state.

Conley had earlier issued a temporary injunction against the Wisconsin law, but on Friday, he made his order permanent.