MADISON — A
Dane County judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit
challenging a 2012 law that sets out conditions for abortions.
The law requires
a doctor to determine whether the woman's consent is voluntary and
inform the woman of domestic abuse services if he or she suspects
the woman is being coerced. The law also requires doctors to
perform a physical exam before they can prescribe
abortion-inducting drugs and be in the room when the drugs are
given to the woman.
Parenthood filed a lawsuit in February 2013 arguing the law is
unconstitutionally vague. The organization argues its unclear how
doctors should determine voluntary consent and whether doctors
need to be present when drugs are dispensed or administered.
Niess is set to hear arguments Thursday morning.