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Wisconsin committee signs off on anti-abortion bills

May 9, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly Health Committee has approved a package of anti-abortion bills, setting up a floor vote next week.

The highest-profile bill in the package would require providers care for babies born alive during abortions or face up to six years in prison. Providers who kill babies born alive during abortions would face life.

Other measures would eliminate Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood; prohibit abortions based on the fetus’ sex, race or defects; and require providers to tell women seeking drug-induced abortions that the process may be reversed.

The committee approved each bill 8-5 Thursday. Republican Chuck Wichgers voted with Democrats against each one. He said the bills don’t go far enough and he knows Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will veto them.

A full Assembly vote is set for Wednesday.

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