Ruling could mean end of similar WI law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down Texas' regulation of abortion clinics could mean the end of a similar Wisconsin law.

The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics, striking down rules that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and required clinics to meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery.

A similar law Wisconsin Republicans passed in 2013 regarding admitting privileges was struck down by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in November 2015.

Wisconsin attorneys had petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse that decision. It's unlikely the court will take up the case following its ruling on the nearly identical Texas law.

The state Department of Justice didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Published: Tue, Jun 28, 2016

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