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Wisconsin Likely to Force Abortion Seekers to Meet the Fetus

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Posted on Jun 12, 2013
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Democrats in Wisconsin do not have the power to defeat a bill favored by the state’s legislature and governor that would require women to have an ultrasound before they can have an abortion.

AP via Pioneer Press and Political Wire:

While Democrats were able to temporarily hold up the bill, they don’t have the votes to kill it.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, said the proposal is intended to “tell women they can’t think or make decision on their own.”

Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, added the Legislature would interfere in physicians’ medical decisions by mandating ultrasounds.

“All of a sudden the Senate is full of doctors.” he joked.

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Of particular concern to pro-choice advocates is the speed with which the bill has moved through the legislature, giving the opposition little time to mount a challenge.

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer.

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