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Thursday, June 13, 2013

 3:16 PM 

Debate on Jacque bill now focusing on contraception provision

The last few speakers on behalf of Dems have hit the GOP for the provision exempting religious employers and organizations from providing a health care plan that cover contraception.

Freshman Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point, said the GOP positions in the bill is a contradiction that ignores the right of a family to plan their pregnancies.

"You don't want a woman to get contraception, but you also don't want her to have an abortion. Which is it? Pick a lane."

Rep. Deb Kolste, D-Janesville, and Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said the bill essentially discriminates against woman in their child bearing years. Taylor also said that the bill is "big government" at it's worst.

"The government's role is to make sure its [birth control] affordable and available for those who need it," Taylor.

As for the religious argument, Rep. Christine Sinicki, D-Milwaukee, said the argument is moot because "contraception is not abortion."


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