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The Latest: Wisconsin Legislature passes 4 abortion bills

June 5, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on votes on abortion bills in Wisconsin (all times local):

1:05 p.m.

Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Senate has passed four abortion bills, sending them to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The newly elected Evers has vowed to veto the measures that the state Assembly passed last month. Republicans do not have enough votes to override the promised vetoes.

One bill addresses the extremely rare occurrence in which a baby is born alive during an abortion attempt. It would impose criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care to such babies.

Republican Senate President Roger Roth says no one should object to saving the lives of children born alive, no matter the circumstance. Democrats say existing laws already cover the situation.

The votes come as anti-abortion politicians and activists feel emboldened by the addition of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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6:08 a.m.

Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Legislature is poised to send four anti-abortion bills to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has vowed to veto the measures.

One so-called born alive bill touted by President Donald Trump would require doctors to care for babies that survive an abortion or face felony charges and up to life in prison.

The Assembly passed the bill and three others last month. They are up for final approval Wednesday in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 19-14 majority.

None will become law once Evers follows through on his veto promise.

The votes come as anti-abortion politicians and activists feel emboldened by the addition of conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. They hope to ignite legal fights and eventually overturn the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.

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