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Planned Parenthood Suspends Pill Abortions In Wis.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Planned Parenthood plans to end nonsurgical abortions at its Wisconsin clinics.

The organization’s leaders say Planned Parenthood will continue to provide surgical abortions at its clinics in Madison, Milwaukee and the Appleton area.

Planned Parenthood CEO Teri Huyck says the agency is suspending medication-induced abortions beginning Friday because of a new state law that subjects doctors who perform abortions to criminal penalties. The new law mandates that women having nonsurgical abortions visit the same doctor three times and that doctors ensure the woman is having the procedure voluntarily and without coercion.

Huyck says the law sets unprecedented barriers for women seeking medication abortions.

Planned Parenthood says about 25 percent of women who terminated pregnancies use the pill-induced abortion which requires a woman to take two drugs within the first nine weeks of pregnancy.

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