Anti-abortion bills moving ahead in Senate

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two Republican-sponsored anti-abortion bills are moving forward in the state Senate and could be passed next week.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee scheduled a vote Thursday on the measures that previously passed the Assembly. The full Senate could take the bills up as soon as Tuesday, its last scheduled day to be in session this year.

One bill would ban abortions based on the sex of the fetus. Another would prohibit the state health insurance from covering abortions as well as exempt religious organizations from providing insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Democratic opponents accuse Republicans of using the proposals to dictate women's medical care and score points with the conservative base. Gov. Scott Walker supports both bills.

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