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Thursday, June 13, 2013

 2:24 PM 

Debate starts on anti-abortion bills

Democrats are starting debate on a bill that would prohibit the Group Insurance Board, which provides health insurance for state employees and some local public employees, from providing plans that cover abortions. That provision would not apply to coverage for abortion in the case of rape or incest.

The bill would also provide an exemption from contraceptive coverage for religious employers or organizations.
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Democrats offered an amendment that would have eliminated language requiring that incident of rape or incest to be reported to law enforcement, with Democrats arguing the humiliation involved in those incidents means many women don't report those crimes. That amendment was tabled on table lines.

Another Dem amendment was offered that would make the religious exemption match the federal standards of the Affordable Care Act, something bill author Rep. Andre Jacque, R-DePere, claims has already happened. That amendment also failed along party lines.

Democrats have already started making their arguments against the bill itself, saying it limits a woman's right to choose.

"Shame on you for presuming you know better when a woman and her doctor can decide for themselves," said Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison.


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