Republicans shut down debate, pass bill requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions

  • Article by: SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 12, 2013 - 5:25 PM

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Senate Republicans abruptly shut off debate Wednesday before a dramatic vote in which they approved a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound.

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flatstanleyJun. 12, 13 9:05 AM

Another triumph by the so called "limited government" activists. Nothing like passing legistation where your state government forces you to have a medical procedure you don't want in order to champion liberty and personal freedom. How much money is WI going to have to spend on the legal challenges that this is going to generate?

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jgmanciniJun. 12, 1311:18 AM

Thank God Minnesotans were smart last year and turned the state back over to Dems, or we'd be in the same boat. Wake up, WI. Stop letting the "small government" Republicans dictate all of your decisions for you.

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vlombardyJun. 12, 13 1:54 PM

Since this matter, like virtually all current legislation in Wisconsin, results in straight line party voting, why would debate be cut off? Fitz must be afraid that some of his minions might actually be responsive to logic.

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tooty123Jun. 12, 13 2:58 PM

What is wrong with Wisconsin??? They are passing laws like Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas! Do the electorate want their state to revert to those states in education, poverty, wages and lifestyle? How sad!

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jimmyjames76Jun. 12, 13 5:49 PM

I don't agree with the law, but I think what bothers me most is that Democrats weren't even allowed to speak. The gay marriage bill was heavily debated in this state, and even though many aren't happy that it passed at least they were allowed to speak and voice their opposition. In WI republicans run the state like dictators, and have essentially decided that 50% of the state doesn't matter and will not be heard. They crap all over democracy while wrapping themselves in the flag, and proclaiming their patriotism. Sad.

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crystalbayJun. 12, 13 5:57 PM

So - a group of white male conservatives feel that they have the right to tell women what to do with their bodies? Have I got that "right"? How dare these poor excuses for politicians tell me or my daughter or my sister or my friend what they may do with reproductive issues. How dare they?! When is the last time any man was pregnant?? When is the last time any man was impregnated by his father or brother?? When was the last time any man got pregnant through rape?? How dare these men claim the power to harass women with unnecessary medical procedures simply to add stress to the decision they've made. How dare they?!!!!

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rlwr51Jun. 13, 1310:25 PM

Just let them keep on going - They just might tip that balance over so far to the right that a Republican won't have a chance of getting elected in that state again for decades.

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rlwr51Jun. 13, 1310:25 PM

This is where Minnesota would be at if Emmer had been elected.

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