WISCONSIN NEWS BRIEFS: Federal judge blocks state abortion law
MADISON - A federal judge has blocked a state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admittance privileges.
U.S. District Judge William Conley temporarily halted the law until a constitutional trial on November. Critics of the law say it puts a burden on women seeking abortions because it would close at least two abortion clinics in the state. The Guttmacher Institute says Wisconsin is the eighth state to require hospitalization privileges. Similar laws are also facing federal court cases.
Governors from across the nation are meeting in Milwaukee, urging Congress and the Obama administration to take action and solve the country’s problems. The U.S. economy took center stage at yesterday’s meeting. Governor Jack Markell of Delaware, the head of the National Governors Association, says by creating more economic opportunities the country will address its economic challenges. Other topics of discussion included the Affordable Health Care Act, education and cyberterrorism. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will play host to 23 of the nation’s governors from across the country. The summit ends on Sunday.
Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Madison is asking the Obama administration to overturn a long-standing law that bans gay men from donating blood. Baldwin, a Democrat and the first openly-gay U.S. Senator, signed a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to select donors on health factors – not sexual preference. 84 other lawmakers signed the letter. HHS is currently reviewing the law and has not made any recommendations.