Abortion

The rules would would ban abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks. If a medical emergency arises later, physicians must try to keep the fetus alive. Doctors would face criminal charges for violating the rules and could be sued both the woman and the father.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services approved the bill on a party line, 3-2 vote Thursday, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against. The item now moves to the full state Senate.

Wisconsin's State Capitol
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The spotlight at the state Capitol was not on the next state budget Tuesday, but rather on abortion.

Legislators listened to hours of testimony on a fast-tracked abortion bill. It would ban the procedure, in almost all cases, after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Any doctors who violate the law could be charged with a felony and sent to prison.

The bill would ban abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Proponents say, at that point, an unborn child may be capable of experiencing pain. Gov. Walker said Monday he would sign the ban into law, whether or not it includes exceptions for cases of rape or incest. The bill does not include exemptions.

When asked about the legislation during an appearance in Delavan, Walker called the proposed ban "rational and reasonable."

Republicans, Sen. Mary Lazich of New Berlin and Rep. Jesse Kremer of Kewaskum introduced their bill on Thursday, saying they want to prevent unborn children from feeling pain.

Under their proposal, the state would charge doctors with a felony for performing an abortion on a woman more than 20 weeks pregnant, if the case is not an emergency. Penalties could include a three-year prison term or a $10,000 fine.

Gov. Walker says he would sign the bill, if it reaches his desk.

Wisconsin cannot require abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges, according to U.S. District Judge William Conley.

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Gov. Walker issued an "Open Letter on Life", saying he would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks, and expects the Legislature to hand him such a bill.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to abortion rights activists and to some women seeking the procedure.

Both states have adopted laws that prohibit doctors from performing abortions unless the provider has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

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The state Legislature is heading into the final weeks of its two-year session.  A few divisive issues apparently will not surface; among them, new restrictions on abortion.

The law would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Anti-Abortion Bills Advance

Nov 7, 2013

A Wisconsin Senate committee approved two bills Thursday, along party lines, that could restrict abortions.

The state Department of Health Services says doctors performed 6,927 abortions in 2012.

The Wisconsin Justice Department is fighting on behalf of a new state abortion rule. It requires providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

A U.S. district judge has blocked a new state law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.

A federal judge has told Wisconsin, it cannot enforce a new rule on abortion providers, at least until August 8. The rule requires them to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

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