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Wisconsin abortion clinics: Admitting law unneeded
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MADISON (AP) - Abortion providers tried to persuade a federal judge Tuesday to strike down a Wisconsin law that requires them to have hospital admitting privileges, arguing the mandate is unnecessary, creates nearly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles and could lead to risky delays for women seeking the procedures. The law's supporters say it will ensure continuity of care if a woman develops complications during an abortion and has to be hospitalized. But Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit last summer arguing the requirement will force AMS's Milwaukee clinic to close because providers there lack admitting privileges.