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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester, left) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). Fitzgerald.(Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - A federal appeals court this week ruled Wisconsin's Legislature can't intervene in a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood, leaving it to the Democratic attorney general to defend the state's abortion laws.

The ruling by a three-judge panel is a victory for Attorney General Josh Kaul and a setback for Republican lawmakers who have tried to chip away at Kaul's authority over the last year. Kaul and lawmakers remain at odds over how to handle a host of other cases.     

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in January sought to overturn laws that prevent nurses from performing abortions and limit the ability of women to obtain medications that induce abortions.

Kaul is defending those laws, but Republican lawmakers don’t trust him and asked to intervene in the case. U.S. District Judge William Conley denied the request in April and the GOP lawmakers appealed.