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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

 10:04 AM 

Advocates of 20-week abortion ban state case

Doctors, parents and lawmakers today spoke in favor of a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Each speaker emphasized that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks and that the goal of the bill is to prevent abortions at a point when unborn children can suffer.

"This is something that a civilized society has a responsibility to do," said Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin. Lazich is the author of the Senate version of the bill.

She made a point of saying that the bill has been mischaracterized as preventing abortions in cases of incest and rape. But those abortions generally happen much earlier in a pregnancy, she said, and the bill would not affect those abortions.

Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, said he wrote the Assembly version of the bill because, as a father, war veteran and EMT, he wants to prevent suffering.

"I feel I have an emotional attachment," he said, "and I want to help people."


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