Democrat Kaul defends Wisconsin abortion law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul is defending Wisconsin's abortion restrictions in a legal filing made in response to a federal lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood.

The filing Thursday comes a week after Republican lawmakers took steps to hire their own attorneys to intervene in the case because they don't trust Kaul will vigorously defend the laws.

Kaul was endorsed by Planned Parenthood in the election and received more than $80,000 from its political action committee. He's also joined a multistate lawsuit originating in California challenging the Trump administration's attempts to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions.

Kaul is defending state laws that don't allow nurses to perform abortions and limit the ability of women to obtain abortion-inducing drugs.

Republicans have not yet asked the court to intervene. They plan to hire private attorneys at taxpayer expense.

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