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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 8:29 AM 

Debate on abortion ultrasound bill continues

Debate on the ultrasound bill continues this morning, starting with Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, pleading with the body to hold off on this measure, arguing that the bill's requirements could lead to the closure of abortion clinics. She also read a letter from a constituent arguing that the requirement to get an ultrasound prior to an abortion is humiliating and distressing, especially to victims of rape and incest.

She also criticized stories provided by Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, citing women who had decided to carry their child to term after viewing the ultrasound.

"Every single story presented by the author of this bill happened under the current law," Vinehout said.

Lazich dismissed the "theatrics"of Vinehout, noting that the bill provides exceptions for those who are victims of rape or incest. However, Lazich also provided an impassioned speech defending the bill, arguing that many women who underwent abortions regretted them later and were provided various excuses -- which she called "baloney" -- by staff at abortion clinics.

"But they killed their child and they made a horrific decision and they regret it and they wish that they never would have done it,"Lazich said. “And for those that want that information and they wish they never would have done it, that’s what Sonja’s law is all about.”


Lazich also said that she'll likely be pushing more abortion-related bills because more has to be done about the issue.



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