Wisconsin committee signs off on anti-abortion bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly Health Committee has approved a package of anti-abortion bills, setting up a vote in the full chamber next week.

The highest-profile bill in the package would require providers care for babies born alive during abortions or face up to six years in prison. Providers who kill babies born alive during abortions would face life. Other measures would cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood; prohibit abortions based on the fetus' sex, race or defects; and require providers to tell women seeking abortions using the drug mifepristone that the process may be reversed.

The committee approved each bill 8-5 Thursday. Republican Chuck Wichgers voted with Democrats against each one. A message left at his office wasn't immediately returned.

The Assembly is set to vote on the bills Wednesday.

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