Wisconsin Senate passes abortion consent bill

(WEAU) - Under current law a woman must provide voluntary and written consent to have an abortion.

Yet, Bill 306 requires the doctor performing the procedure to speak to the woman in person and be present when prescribing abortion-inducing drugs.

“It strikes me as a bill that shouldn't be particularly contentious, suggesting a doctor only give a physical before,” said Brian Westrate, Chairman Republican Party of Eau Claire

The bill was introduced by four Republican senators and its purpose was to prevent coerced abortions. But, some are in disagreement about what this means.

“The issues in Wisconsin right now are jobs and the economy. I just don't understand what this is doing to create jobs,” said Democrat Elise Sitzman.

After talking with people on the street, some also feel it’s an attack on women's health.

"This bill is really kind of an unprecedented move by the Republican leadership and the state legislatures….The issue they have been pushing have nothing to do with priorities of Wisconsin voters," said Nicole Safar of Planned Parenthood.

Meanwhile Democrats and Republicans make their own points about the bill.

“This bill allows that person to have an opportunity, a one on one opportunity before it’s all said and done, because abortion is not something that can be undone,” said Westrate

“It’s unnecessary and scares me to think what else they are going try to do,” said Sitzman.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill placing new requirements on doctors and women before abortions can be performed.

The Senate passed the bill Wednesday after Democratic opponents blocked a vote on Tuesday. It passed 17-15 on a party line vote.

The bill would require doctors be present when prescribing abortion-inducing drugs. It would ban the use of web cams to do that, a practice not currently done in Wisconsin.

The measure would also require doctors inform a woman on her right to refuse or consent to an abortion. The doctor would be required to speak to the woman away from any partner or family member.

Republican supporters say the bill will protect girls and women from harm.

It now heads to the Assembly.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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