- Associated Press - Sunday, May 18, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal trial to determine whether a Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is constitutional is set to get underway later this month.

Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed a lawsuit in July arguing the law would force clinics in Appleton and Milwaukee to close because abortion providers at the facilities lack admitting privileges. The groups contend the law unconstitutionally restricts abortion availability because it would force women to travel hundreds of miles further to facilities in Madison and Milwaukee where providers have such privileges.

State attorneys counter the law ensures continuity of care if a woman develops complications following an abortion.

The trial is set to begin on May 27 before U.S. District Judge William Conley.

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