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WI abortion ultrasound bill set for hearing

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MADISON (WKOW) – A Republican-backed bill scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday would require a woman seeking an abortion in Wisconsin to see her unborn child via ultrasound.

Under the proposed legislation from Sen. Mary Lazich, physicians would have to arrange for an ultrasound before performing an abortion.  The physician would also have to provide a thorough description of the image and visible features of the fetus.  The mothers would have to be informed about the procedure at least 24 hours before the abortion.

Since the mid-1990s, several states have been adopting ultrasound requirements as part of their abortion service laws. 

Twelve states require relevant verbal counseling or written materials to include access information for ultrasound services. 

Twenty-one other states have varying degrees of regulatory ultrasound provisions that are mandated for abortion providers.

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