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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Wisconsin lawmakers to send abortion bills to governor

SCOTT BAUER

Madison, Wisconsin (AP) – On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin State Assembly was ready to finalize a package of anti-abortion bills that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will almost certainly veto.

The final approval of bills aimed at reducing the number of abortions in the state came after the state Senate, also controlled by Republicans, took action against Democratic objections last week. Republicans do not have enough votes in the Legislature to overcome Evers’ veto. Democrats have accused Republicans of passing bills only to energize Conservatives ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Evers will be re-elected next year, as will all Assembly members and half of the State Senate.

One law requires doctors to provide parents of unborn babies who test positive for a congenital condition with information about the condition. The second proposal would prohibit abortion on the basis of the sex, race or national origin of the unborn child.

The third measure will cut funding for abortion providers by preventing the state from certifying them as Medicaid providers. There will be exceptions in cases of sexual assault or incest, or if a woman’s life is in danger. The fourth would require doctors to tell any woman seeking an abortion with medication that she can still change her mind after taking the first dose and can still continue the pregnancy.

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The claim that induced abortion can be canceled has been criticized by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association as unscientific and potentially life-threatening.

The bills are prompted by abortion rights advocates worried that the US Supreme Court could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case of 1973, which effectively legalized abortion before the fetus could survive outside the womb. Wisconsin law passed in 1849 made abortion illegal, but it was invalid under the Roe v. Wade decision. This law will go into effect if the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned.

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