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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 5:38 PM 

Erpenbach offers amendment to add exemption for mother's health

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, offered an amendment to the 20-week abortion ban that in addition to the life of a mother, would add an exemption for a mother's health, which he said is just as important. 

He said that the present bill requires a woman to be "at death's door" to end a pregnancy after 20 weeks. 

"You act like there is just one life at stake here; there's two," he said, adding that a mother like has children and other responsibilities at home. 

He said the wording of the "life of the mother" language would resulting in doctors having to have lawyers on hand when deciding whether an emergency is serious enough to legally abort a fetus after 20 weeks. 

Erpenbach said no medical organizations in the state agrees fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. He said the bill would force people to have c-sections and to force abortions before 20 weeks. 

He also questioned the term "post-fertilization" in the bill, which he said is not a medical term and is not defined in the bill.

Erpenbach said the legislation has been rushed and is "full of holes" and "destined for court," which he said would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

"It will pass, it will go to court, and it will lose," he said.




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