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Lawsuit challenges new abortion rules


MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A court hearing will be held in Madison today on a lawsuit that challenges conditions for abortions that were set by Republican state lawmakers in 2012. Planned Parenthood filed suit 14 months ago, claiming the law is too vague to be constitutional.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess will hear arguments on both sides this morning. Under the law, doctors must determine if a woman really consents to an abortion -- and if they think she's being coerced, they'd have to tell her about available domestic abuse services. Also doctors would have to conduct physicals before they could prescribe abortion-inducing drugs -- and they'd have to be in the same room where the drugs are administered.

Planned Parenthood says the law does not clearly say how voluntary consent would be determined -- and whether doctors need to be around when drugs are dispensed.