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Federal judge blocks Wisconsin abortion law through fall trial

A federal judge extended a preliminary injunction Friday blocking a Wisconsin law that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics and a mandatory ultrasound before a woman receives an abortion.

U.S. District Judge William Conley issued a temporary restraining order on July 8; this injunction extends through the trial about the law's constitutionality, which is scheduled to start Nov. 25. The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin had challenged the law signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) last month, saying it would shutter half of the state's four clinics.