by Steven Ertelt
December 20, 2007
Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — Wisconsin state legislators have started their second attempt to ban partial-birth abortions there after the first try was found unconstitutional. But with a new Supreme Court decision upholding the national ban, pro-life advocates in the Badger State believe they can make it work this time around.
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald and Rep. Mark Gundrum, both Republicans, have introduced a bill that would mirror the language found in the national partial-birth abortion ban.
"We’re not reinventing the wheel here," Fitzgerald said on Thursday, according to a Wisconsin State Journal news report. "I think the bill is solid."
Reps. Jim Ott, a Republican, and Tony Staskunas, a Democrat, are also leading the partial-birth abortion ban effort and together the lawmakers have drafted a letter to their colleagues encouraging them to sign on as co-sponsors.
Lawmakers could have a more difficult time passing the ban than they did earlier, since Gov. Jim Doyle backs abortion.
But pro-life groups strongly support making sure the three-day-long abortion procedure, which doctors say is medically unnecessary, is prohibited there.
Wisconsin Right to Life sent LifeNews.com information on the legislation and said, "Even though the federal ban makes partial-birth abortions illegal nationwide, it is still necessary to have a parallel state ban."
That’s because abortion advocates could try to repeal the federal ban one day and it would leave partial-birth abortions legal in the state.
The pro-life group also says enforcement issues are better handled at the local level to make sure none of the grisly abortions are occurring there.
"With just a federal ban, prosecution of partial-birth abortion cases would only be handled by federal prosecutors," the group said.
"Prosecution of partial-birth abortion cases are best handled when state and local prosecutors also have the tools they need to ensure that the ban on partial-birth abortions is expeditiously enforced," WRTL explained. "A parallel state ban is essential to allow state and local prosecutors to become involved as well."
Related web sites:
Wisconsin Right to Life – https://www.wrtl.org