Reproductive rights

Wisconsin legislature passes 20-week abortion ban

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Lawmakers in Wisconsin whisked a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks to an easy approval on Thursday. The bill had already been passed by the state Senate and will now be sent to Governor Scott Walker’s office. However, it’s not a foregone conclusion that Walker will sign the bill, which calls for doctors who terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks in non-emergency situations to be a charged with a felony and fined as much as $10,000 or be sent to prison for three years, into law. Walker is expected to announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination on Monday. He is a longtime supporter of stricter abortion laws, but as recently as last year, he suggested that decisions concerning pregnancies may be best left to women and their doctors. The vote was preceded by a heated debate between lawmakers on both sides of the issues. “Republicans have no business talking about small government when apparently it’s not too small to fit inside a uterus,” said Democratic state Rep. Terese Berceau. “I feel that any woman who votes for this is truly a traitor to your gender.”

Read the full story at the Wisconsin State Journal.

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