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Thursday, June 13, 2013

 8:20 PM 

Debate ending with private revelation by Rep. Wright, final speech by Rep. Strachota

We're about six minutes from a vote on the ultrasound bill, but this was a noteworthy moment.

Rep. Mandy Wright, D-Wausau, spoke against the measure, saying that the bill would only allow exemptions from the ultrasound requirements in cases of rapes and incest that has been reported to law enforcement. She revealed -- first apologizing to her parents -- that she had been sexually assaulted at the age of 8 by a relative, something she had kept private from all but close family until the floor speech. 

Wright said that she could only think about what would happen if her daughters were placed in a similar situation during child bearing years. She added that she feared it could result in those children to be forced to either have an "invasive procedure" before an abortion or to reveal the painful details of a sexual assault to the public.

"None of these options are appropriate at all," Wright said. "Please, I implore you, what is the purpose of this? I too believe in life. I love my three children dearly, I would do anything for them, please do not accuse us of being anti-life, it's not true."

Rep. Pat Strachota, R-Chippewa Falls, is ending debate by making clear that there is an exception in the cases of rape or incest, and said these are about "elective abortions." She also said that it is not true that a woman would not have a choice about whether to have an abdominal ultrasound or a transvaginal ultrasound.

She also said that she's only trying to give women full information before making a difficult decision.

"That's exactly what I'm trying to do, is to stand up for women in this bill," Strachota said.


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