Judge hears arguments in abortion lawsuit
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Planned Parenthood attorney is trying to convince a judge to permanently block a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions. The law requires a doctor to determine whether a woman’s consent is voluntary and be in the room when the woman is given abortion-inducing drugs. Violators could face prison. Planned Parenthood sued in Dane County Circuit Court in February 2013 arguing the law is vague. The organization contends it’s unclear if the doctor must be present when the woman receives the drugs or when she ingests them and how doctors should determine whether someone is forcing the woman into the procedure. The organization’s attorney, Susan Crawford, told Judge Richard Niess during a hearing Thursday that doctors need to know exactly what they must do to avoid criminal charges.
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