Referendum on Wisconsin statute banning abortion could be on November ballot

NOW: Referendum on Wisconsin statute banning abortion could be on November ballot

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- An advisory referendum asking voters whether the Wisconsin state statute banning abortion should be repealed could be on the ballot for Milwaukee County voters this November. 

In a 3-2 vote this morning, the county's committee on judiciary, law enforcement and general services approved to recommend the resolution to the county board.

Several members of the community testified in support of the resolution. A pair of county supervisors spoke out for and against it.

"My personal thoughts and feelings of abortion, being pro-choice or pro-life, is irrelevant at this moment," said 7th District Supervisor Felesia Martin. "This is about our American citizens' rights and freedoms being revoked."

"I am representing the unborn, they can't speak for themselves," said 9th District Supervisor Patti Logsdon. "The want to be born. They would like to have life that started at the form of conception."

Two other resolutions discussed included a referendum measuring the public's opinion on whether the state Legislature should prohibit semi-automatic "military-style" firearms and a referendum measuring public opinion about allowing adults 21 and older to engage in personal use of marijuana. 

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