Wisconsin Senate pass abortion bill, ultrasounds now required
WISCONSIN -- Wisconsin Senators have passed a bill that would require doctors to perform ultrasounds before performing an abortion. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Mary Lazich, would also require that doctors discuss in detail the features of the fetus with any woman seeking an abortion.
The ultrasound would not be necessary in a medical emergency or in cases where the pregnancy is caused by rape or incest. Senator Lazich has stated: "It is only right that a pregnant woman is fully informed about her child prior to abortion. Far too many women regret their abortion and suffer years of abortion trauma."
The assembly is expected to vote on the bill as early as tomorrow, and if it passes, Governor Scott Walker says he'll sign it by the end of the month.
Teri Huyck, President of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin has said, "Women are already informed before they have an abortion. We have an extensive informed consent process...we offer the availability of seeing their ultrasound. I think Senator Lazich is not giving women credit for the intelligence they've got."
If the bill is signed into law, Wisconsin would become the ninth state to require women to receive ultrasounds before abortions.