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Senate unlikely to vote on abortion-related bills next week


MADISON (WKOW) -- Two abortion-related bills are notably absent from the tentative calendar for next Tuesday's session of the Wisconsin State Senate.

AB 216 and AB 217 both passed the Assembly in June and advanced through the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Thursday.  But it appears neither will be debated or voted on in the full Senate until next year.

AB 216 would prohibit public employees from using their state funded health insurance to pay for abortions and would create an exception for religious organizations who don't want to pay for contraceptives.

AB 217 would provide a financial penalty for sex-selective abortions and also open the providers of those abortions to civil lawsuits.

The Associated Press reported that in Thursday's Health and Human Services Committee meeting, Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) promised "all out hell" if the bills come to the Senate floor.

A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) told 27 News that while the schedule is tentative, "we will likely tackle those bills at a later date."


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