Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill
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CREATED Jun. 12, 2013
There were angry outburst on the Senate floor as lawmakers vote 17-to-15 approving a bill that would require pregnant women to look at an ultrasound before they'd be allowed to get an abortion.
Wisconsin would become the ninth state to pass this kind of bill. The rule would not apply to cases of rape, incest, or emergency. However, with a heated debate on the issue, it doesn't seem to be over just yet.
Democrats say their voices were not heard as the bill passed.
"I see it as extreme, but that word did not get out on the senate floor this morning," says Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, (D) Eau Claire.
However Republicans say some women who have had abortions voiced their concerns about not getting an ultrasound.
"They were not well informed and did not receive good health care at the time of their abortion and they regret their abortion," says Mary Lazich, (R) New Berlin.
The bill also requires admitted privileges within 30 miles of a clinic which means the Grand Chute Planned Parenthood could be forced to shut down.
"In the event that there's an emergency during the abortion procedure," says Lazich.
But opposition says this may be the sign of things to come.
"Use Wisconsin as the test case to see if they begin to outlaw abortion," says Vinehout.
Lawmakers say they expect the assembly to take up the bill within the next few days possibly as early as tomorrow. Then Governor Walker says he will sign it into law.