Wisconsin governor signs abortion restrictions into law Alison Sacriponte at 10:42 AM ET
[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker [official website] on Friday signed a bill [text] requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and banning doctors without admitting privileges at local hospitals from performing the procedures. The law goes into effect Saturday. Within hours of the signing, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy websites] filed a federal lawsuit [complaint, PDF] alleging that the bill is unconstitutional and asking for a temporary restraining order blocking the measure. Supporters of the bill contend that ultrasounds will help a woman make an informed choice. Opponents argue that the legislature should not force women to undergo any medical procedure. Moreover, two abortion clinics would have to close, as providers lack admitting privileges to a hospital within a 30 miles. Walker did not sign the bill in public, but issued a statement [text] Friday afternoon stating the bill was now law. "This bill improves a woman's ability to make an informed choice that will protect her physical and mental health now and in the future," the statement said.
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