MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed a federal judge's injunction blocking a new law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Republicans who wrote the law say it's designed to ensure continuity of care. But Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services have filed a federal lawsuit alleging the law would force the organizations to close two clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee because providers at both facilities lack admitting privileges.
U.S. District Judge William Conley last week issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law pending a November trial.
DOJ attorneys defending the law filed an appeal notice with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. The notice doesn't include any arguments.
Planned Parenthood attorney Lester Pines says he's confident Conley's injunction will survive.