Wisconsin Assembly Passes Three Pro-Life Bills Stopping Abortions, Funding
by Steven Ertelt | Madison, WI | LifeNews.com | 6/14/13 9:55 AM
Wisconsin Right to Life is hailing State Assembly passage of three major pieces of legislation that will protect pregnant women and unborn children and taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.
The pro-life group outlines and comments on the three pro-life bills:
Senate Bill 206 (Sonya’s Law) Under the leadership of Representative Pat Strachota (R-West Bend), SB 206 received Assembly approval. Sonya’s Law would give every baby the opportunity for his mother to see him through ultrasound and experience his heartbeat before she makes a decision about her pregnancy. In addition, this legislation will require that an abortionist have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.
The legislation was named after a young Milwaukee mother of two children who became pregnant with her third child. Sonya considered having an abortion. After seeing an advertisement for a free ultrasound, Sonya was able to see her baby and immediately made an emotional connection with him. Sonya’s son will be born in July.
Sonya’s Law now heads to the desk of Governor Scott Walker, who plans to sign the legislation into law.
AB 216 (The Health Care Conscience Act) Under the leadership of Assembly author Representative Andre Jacque (R-Green Bay, the Assembly passed AB 216. This important legislation prohibits the use of public funds to pay for abortion coverage for public employees and exempts certain religious organizations, religious employers and religious institutions of higher learning from the current state mandate to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. Assembly Bill 216 now goes to the State Senate for approval at a later date.
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AB 217 (The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act) Led by Assembly author Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake), AB 217 received Assembly approval. The legislation reads, “No person shall intentionally perform or attempt to perform an abortion with knowledge that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion on account of the sex of the unborn child.”
Sex- selection abortion is used to prevent the birth of a child solely based on the gender of the unborn child. The victims of these abortions are overwhelmingly female who face the ultimate form of discrimination – they cannot be allowed to live simply because they are girls. The United States is the only industrialized country that has not banned abortions based solely on the sex of a child. Assembly Bill 217 will be voted on by the State Senate at a later date.
“Wisconsin Right to Life is deeply appreciative to Representatives Pat Strachota, Andre Jacque and Steve Kestell for their outstanding leadership on these important bills,” said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “We also thank those Assembly Representatives who understood the importance of these bills and voted for their passage. The big winners yesterday were Wisconsin’s women, babies and taxpayers.”