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Enforcement of ultrasound law delayed

U.S. District Judge William Conley on Wednesday extended a temporary restraining order barring enforcement of Wisconsin Act 37, which requires hospital admitting privileges for physicians who perform abortions at clinics. Judge Conley, who said he would rule on a longer-term injunction within two weeks, scheduled a trial for November 25.

The Wisconsin Medical Society opposes the law, which Gov. Scott Walker signed July 5. “The Society’s disappointment with Act 37 has nothing to do with the very emotional and sensitive social issue of abortion,” said a statement from Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD, and President Timothy McAvoy, MD. “Our disappointment rests squarely on our deep concern that this law is a direct infringement on the patient-physician relationship and injects non-evolving government mandates into medical science.”

According to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal, Conley asked both sides to submit by Friday a short brief about whether he “should appoint an independent medical expert to help him decide whether there is a benefit to the health of women seeking abortions to require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic where abortions are performed.”

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