An important section of a new Wisconsin abortion law was blocked on Friday by U.S. District Judge William Conley. The federal judge issued an injunction to block a requirement that forces doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals near their practices.

Republican Governor Scott Walker signed the requirement into law last month, which was then placed on a temporary hold by Conley only a few days after. The hold was issued in relation to the Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services' July suit, which challenged the requirement for admitting privileges for doctors within 30 miles of their practice and claimed the law would create too many hurdles for doctors that perform abortions in Wisconsin.

If the law passes, abortions would only be available in large cities, such as Madison and Milwaukee, that are hundreds of miles away for some women — a significant concern that Conley expressed in his 44-page ruling. A trial is scheduled to begin on November 25 and, until Conley's final ruling, the two clinics currently without admitting privileges can remain open.

Conley defended the injunction by stating that the requirement of admitting privileges is not reasonably related to a woman's health, and that organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, could show that the mandate is a consequential obstacle for women seeking abortions.

Those who believe admitting privileges should be a requirement for doctors claim that if something goes wrong during or after the abortion, it is important for doctors to have the ability to admit patients into a local hospital without the consent of the hospital.

"Given the substantial likelihood of success on the merits and of irreparable harm, the public's interest is best serviced by imposing preliminary injunction on enforcement of the admitting privileges requirement until this court can address its merits after trial," Conley wrote.

In recent years, anti-abortion activists and government officials have resorted to enacting new abortion limits in states with Republican-controlled legislatures. The landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, gave women the constitutional right to terminate pregnancy; however, states can rule on certain restrictions to that law so long as they remain in accordance with the constitution.

Earlier this week on Monday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a law that places sweeping restrictions on abortion clinics, banning publicly funded health insurance programs from paying for most abortions.

Just last month, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a similar law for a sweeping measure that mandated banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

In 2011, there were 1.06 million abortions performed, half of which were obtained by women younger than the age 25. In addition, the abortion rate among women with Medicaid coverage is three times high than women with private insurance coverage, according to The Guttmacher Institute.

"In Wisconsin, Texas, North Carolina and elsewhere we are seeing an unprecedented wave of attacks on women's health, and people are fed up with it," Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement following Conley's ruling.