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Woman tells her abortion story during trial involving admitting privilege law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A woman who got extremely ill after having an abortion 19 years ago testified for the state Wednesday, as it seeks to uphold a new regulation passed last year.  

Lena Wood testified before Federal Judge William Conley of Madison, who will decide the constitutionality of a law that requires abortion doctors to have local hospital admitting privileges.

The governor and Legislature approved the measure last July, but it never took effect because Planned Parenthood and the Affiliated Medical Services filed suit to challenge it.  

State attorneys say the law is needed to make sure women get continuous care at a hospital if something goes wrong in their abortion clinics. The two plaintiffs say that's happened only a handful of times among thousands of abortions in recent years.  

Wood told the judge she had to be hospitalized for 12 days after her 1995 abortion went wrong. She said the doctor who performed the operation never contacted her after that -- and she felt abandoned.  

Planned Parenthood attorney Lester Pines tried to convince the judge that Wood had an infection in her urinary tract -- and it was never certain whether the abortion itself caused her illness.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)