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Thursday, June 13, 2013

 3:38 PM 

On to bill providing sex-selective abortions

Before we get to the bill, Democrats are decrying the fact that Rep. Andre Jacque, R-DePere, did not speak on his bill.

After that aside, Dems are offering a substitute amendment to the bill of Rep. Steve Kestell, R-Elkhart Lake, that allows lawsuits against those who perform sex-selective abortions. Their amendment would simply outlaw the process.

Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said that this amendment achieves what they were seeking.

"These is not one person in this body that wants sex-based selection abortions. So if you're against it, vote for the sub. But if you're for more lawsuits, if you're for going into women's records... you'll vote for the bill."

When Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber, D-Appleton, asked why the bill wanted to go through women's medical records.

"This has nothing to do with HIPAA," said Rep. Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie, referring to the federal medical privacy law.

One of the amendments offered by Democrats would make clear that a court could not compel the woman who sought the abortion to provide medical records for proof. That amendment, along with other Dem offerings were defeated on party line votes.


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