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COPY-Expert: Wisconsin's 20-week abortion ban bill could backfire

By DANA FERGUSON
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - An expert on fetal care says a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy could backfire.

Dr. Steven Leuthner is a professor of pediatrics and bioethics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

He said some diagnoses of life-limiting conditions in fetuses aren't completely reliable before the 20-week mark. More women may consider aborting early because of a stricter timeline to legally obtain an abortion.

The bill is slated for a joint Legislative public hearing Tuesday. Under the measure, doctors who perform an abortion after 20 weeks in nonemergency situations could be charged with a felony and subject to up to $10,000 in fines or 3½ years in prison.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign the bill.

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