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Fast-Tracked Forced Ultrasound and TRAP Bill Passes Wisconsin Assembly, Heads to Governor

Will election concerns have the Wisconsin governor becoming more cautious about abortion restrictions?

Despite passionate testimony against it, multiple amendments, and public protest in the state capitol building, Wisconsin’s AB 227 passed as written with a 56-39 vote Thursday evening. The legislation will now head to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has promised to sign.

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With No Debate, Wisconsin Senate Passes Forced Ultrasound Bill With TRAP Provision

AB 252 would require fetal remains to be handled through "burial, interment, entombment, cremation, incineration, or delivery to a medical or dental school anatomy department as an anatomical gift." But the bill's sponsor says telling patients about this process would place an "undue burden" on them.

Already accused by bill opponents of fast-tracking the restrictions, Republican senators called for an immediate vote on SB 206 Wednesday, shutting down any chance of full senate debate over the provisions or their impact. It’s now likely on its way to becoming law.

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Wisconsin State Senate Likely to Vote on Bill With TRAP Provision Tuesday

AB 252 would require fetal remains to be handled through "burial, interment, entombment, cremation, incineration, or delivery to a medical or dental school anatomy department as an anatomical gift." But the bill's sponsor says telling patients about this process would place an "undue burden" on them.

If SB 208, or “Sonya’s Law,” is passed, the bill’s TRAP provision is likely to close the only abortion provider in northern Wisconsin.

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Nonsurgical Abortion Access to Return to Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin

Planned Parenthood WI rallies outside the Wisconsin state capitol in 2011.

A protracted legal battle over regulating medication abortions in the state is one step closer to resolution.

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Wisconsin Legislators Gathering Sponsors for Forced Ultrasound Bill With TRAP Provision

Family members of a Texas teen who sued her parents in an effort to be declared an emancipated minor, alleging that the family pressured her into obtaining an abortion, now say she was manipulated by an anti-choice legal group.

Anti-choice politicians in Wisconsin are gathering sponsors for “Sonya’s Law,” an anti-choice bill named after a woman who chose to continue a pregnancy after receiving an ultrasound.

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Jury Selection Begins in Trial Against Man Who Allegedly Planned to Kill Abortion Provider

The jury was selected this week, and Lang's defense lawyer, Eric Schulenberg, set the stage for trying to keep his client out of jail.

Ralph Lang’s lawyer, Eric Schulenberg, reportedly plans to ask what “constituted an actual attempt to kill someone.” During jury selection, Schulenberg drew an apparent parallel between the clinic plot and attempts to hunt wildlife.

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Wisconsin Plays Catch Up With Abortion Restrictions and CPC Funding

AB 252 would require fetal remains to be handled through "burial, interment, entombment, cremation, incineration, or delivery to a medical or dental school anatomy department as an anatomical gift." But the bill's sponsor says telling patients about this process would place an "undue burden" on them.

Anti-choice lawmakers in Wisconsin, nearly done tussling over the yearly budget, are now turning their attention back to reproductive rights restrictions.

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Wisconsin’s One-Man Abortion Restriction Crew Preps New Bills

State Rep. Andre Jacque (R-DePere).

State Rep. Jacque must be preparing to win the “most anti-woman” award in the Wisconsin legislature this session.

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How Did Emergency Contraception Get Excluded From VAWA?

Plan b emergency contraceptive

By all accounts, the women’s rights advocates who fought to reauthorize VAWA never made EC a priority.

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On Clueless Congressmen and Trans-vaginal Ultrasounds

Rep. Sean Duffy.

Rep. Sean Duffy  “probably agrees” with mandatory transvaginal ultrasound legislation. But he doesn’t really know because, he says, “I haven’t had one.” Well, I have. I’ve had several, in fact. So, Rep. Duffy, pull up a chair and let me explain how a transvaginal ultrasound works, and how it feels.

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