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Wisconsin republicans pass anti-abortion bills

MADISON (WAOW) — Tensions are high in the Wisconsin State Capitol after anti-abortion laws passed in the house and senate. This comes after other states across the nation have passed laws attempting to restrict abortion.

One of the laws passed is the born alive bill. Senate president, Roger Roth said the bill does not restrict a women’s right to get an abortion, but allows doctors to step in and take care of a baby if it survives an abortion attempt.

“It’s not anti-abortion, it’s anti-murder,” Roth said.

But democrats said the law in unnecessary because there are already criminal penalties for providers who don’t care for babies.

“This is serious,” said Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling. “This is about women’s health care and about a procedure that’s safe.”

The set of bills, some of which would also impact funding for planned parenthood, are headed to the governor’s desk. But Gov. Tony Evers has said for weeks that he would veto the legislation.

Despite the governor’s promise to veto, republicans have moved forward with what has become a national trend.

“We know this is happening across the country and these newborns are not worthless,” Roth said. “Babies who survive failed abortions deserve to be treated the same way and given the same level of care as babies in maternity wards.”

Democrats fear the national trend of restricting abortions could overturn Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.

“We make hundreds of decisions every day, we should feel empowered to make the most personal decisions about our health care without interference from politicians,” Shilling said.

If the governor doesn’t act on the bills within 10 days of them being delivered to his desk, they will automatically become law.

States like Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio have all passed anti-abortion laws.

Sarah McGrew

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