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Abortion doctor testifies about Wisconsin law

  • Associated Press
  • May 29, 2014 - 3:45 PM

MADISON, Wis. — An abortion provider testifying in a federal trial on Wisconsin law's requiring abortion doctors to get hospital admitting privileges says he can't get them because almost none of his patients have ever gone to a hospital.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit last summer challenging the law. They say it would force AMS' Milwaukee clinic to close because doctors there lack admitting privileges.

An AMS abortion provider, Dr. Dennis Christensen, testified Thursday that he's been trying to get admitting privileges at two Milwaukee hospitals since last summer. He says he hasn't been successful because the hospitals' credentialing committees want information on patients he's treated in a hospital setting.

He says he doesn't have that because he hasn't treated an abortion patient in a hospital for a decade.

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