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Controversial abortion legislation passes

Controversial abortion legislation passes

 

06/12/2013: UPDATE

MADISON, Wis. (AP)-Republicans abruptly shut off debate before a dramatic vote approving a bill that requires women seeking an abortion first have an ultrasound performed.

The bill passed Wednesday as Democratic senators tried in vain to be recognized to speak. Republican Senate President Mike Ellis repeatedly banged his gavel and yelled that they were out of order.

The bill passed 17-15 with all Republicans in support and Democrats against.

Only two senators were able to speak Wednesday before Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald cut off debate after about 30 minutes.

Democratic Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says the bill's intent is to close down clinics that provide abortions in Wisconsin.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Mary Lazich gave an impassioned defense of the measure, saying it was a small step that would protect women.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would require physicians to provide or arrange an ultrasound for women seeking abortions.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Mary Lazich would require physicians to perform or arrange for an ultrasound, except in a medical emergency or cases where the pregnancy is caused by sexual assault or incest. Physicians would have to show the ultrasound image to the woman and provide a thorough description of the fetus' features.

It also would require that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion would be performed.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a companion bill could be also taken up Thursday in the Assembly, along with two other abortion-related bills.

 

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