NEW INFORMATION: Democrats delay vote on bill requiring ultrasound

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Senate Democrats have used a procedural move to delay a final vote on passing a bill that would require physicians to provide or arrange an ultrasound for women seeking abortions.

Democrats opposed the measure during debate Tuesday. The bill will return to the Republican-controlled Senate the next time it is in session, likely next week.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Sen. Mary Lazich. It would require doctors to perform or arrange for the ultrasound, except in a medical emergency or cases where the pregnancy is caused by sexual assault or incest.

Doctors would have to show the ultrasound image to the woman and provide a thorough description of the fetus' features.

The Assembly is scheduled to take up the bill on Thursday.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign a bill requiring physicians to perform or arrange ultrasounds for women seeking abortions if the Legislature passes it.

The Senate was expected to vote on the bill Tuesday. It would then go to the Assembly.

The bill would require doctors to show the ultrasound image to the woman and describe the fetus' features.

Walker says he supports the bill and believes "most people think ultrasounds are just fine."

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin has said it would close its abortion facility in Appleton if the bill became law. Another provision requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where an abortion would be performed. Planned Parenthood said its doctors in Appleton can't meet that requirement.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is debating a bill that would require physicians to provide or arrange an ultrasound for women seeking abortions.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Mary Lazich would require physicians to perform or arrange for the ultrasound, except in a medical emergency or cases where the pregnancy is caused by sexual assault or incest. Physicians would have to show the ultrasound image to the woman and provide a thorough description of the fetus' features.

It also would require that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion would be performed.

The Senate is expected to vote on the measure Tuesday, a week after it was formally introduced and publicly discussed at Capitol hearings.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that would require physicians to provide or arrange an ultrasound for women seeking abortions.

The legislation sponsored by Republican Sen. Mary Lazich would require physicians to perform or arrange for an ultrasound, except in a medical emergency or cases where the pregnancy is caused by sexual assault or incest. Physicians would have to show the ultrasound image to the woman and provide a thorough description of the fetus' features.

It also would require that physicians performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion would be performed.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a companion bill could be also taken up Thursday in the Assembly, along with two other abortion-related bills.


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