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WI Assembly passes three abortion bills

MADISON (WKOW)-- It was a loud and emotional night at the State Capitol as lawmakers debated three abortion bills.

All three bills were proposed and passed by a Republican majority. The third and final abortion bill passed just before 8:30 pm Thursday night after several hours of discussion.

"We ask folks to realize this is life. This isn't a skin tag that we want to get rid of. This isn't an appendix that is ruptured," Republican Representative Joan Ballweg says.

The first of three bills prohibits abortion coverage for public employees under their health insurance. The bill passed following party lines.

"You're willing to you know, pun intended women over there, you're willing to lie down for this?" Democrat Terese Berceau asks.

The second bill cracked down on gender selective abortions, where the family seeks an abortion based solely on the sex of the unborn fetus. The measure again passed following party lines.

Both of the first two abortion bills passed fairly quickly in the afternoon, but the third and final bill was discussed for several hours before being decided.

"These children who are being electively aborted are never given a choice," Republican Erik Severson says.

The final bill requires a woman who is interested in getting an abortion to get an ultrasound to see the fetus and it's development. The bill inspired several emotional responses from both parties.

"This is a piece of legislation that demeans women, that humiliates us, that dehumanizes us," Democrat Chris Taylor says. "It takes women who are in the biggest crisis of their lives and you stick the knife deeper and make it a lot worse."

Democrats tried sending the bill to the health committee before issuing a vote.

"Mr. speaker if there was ever a time, ever a time to send a bill back to committee this is it," Democrat Minority Leader Peter Barca says.

The motion eventually failed and the debate continued until another vote following party lines passed the final bill. That bill will go to the governor's desk. The other two abortion bills still have to be approved by the senate.

 

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It got heated at the state Capitol Thursday as lawmakers debated three controversial abortion bills.

The first of three bills prohibits abortion coverage for public employees under their health insurance.

It passed following party lines.

The second bill cracks down on gender selective abortions.

The measure again passed following party lines.

The final bill requires a woman who is interested in getting an abortion to get an ultrasound to see the fetus and its development.

Democrats tried sending the bill to the health committee before issuing a vote.

The motion failed and the debate continued until just before 8:30pm when another vote following party lines passed the final bill.

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