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Lawmakers hope to expedite 20-week abortion ban bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican state lawmakers say they hope to pass a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation before the budget is debated in June.

Sen. Mary Lazich and Rep. Jesse Kremer told public affairs network WisconsinEye they introduced the measure Wednesday with more than 30 co-sponsors. The Republicans say they plan to hold a joint public hearing on the measure and pass it in both the Senate and Assembly before budget debate.

Under the bill, doctors who perform an abortion after 20 weeks in non-emergency situations could be charged with a felony and subject to up to a $10,000 in fines or 3-½ years in prison. The bill doesn’t provide an exception for pregnancies conceived from rape or incest.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he would sign it.

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