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Planned Parenthood's Appleton clinic could close due to legislation

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Planned Parenthood says it will close its center in Appleton if a Republican anti-abortion bill becomes law.

A Senate committee endorsed the measure Monday.

It would require abortion doctors to let patients see ultrasounds of their unborn babies before they abort their fetuses.

It also requires that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of where an abortion would be performed.

Nicole Safar of Planned Parenthood told the AP that doctors at the Appleton center cannot meet the 30-mile mandate. Safar says the closing date would depend on whether Governor Scott Walker signs the bill – or when.

It would leave Planned Parenthood with abortion clinics in two other Wisconsin cities, Madison and Milwaukee.