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Wisconsin committee signs off on anti-abortion bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly Health Committee has approved a series of anti-abortion bills, setting up a floor vote next week.

The most prominent bill in the package would call for providers to either care for babies who are born alive during abortions or be faced with up to six years in prison. Providers who kill babies born alive during abortions would be faced with life in prison.

Other measures would eliminate Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood; prohibit abortions that are performed because of a fetus’ sex, race or defects; and require providers to tell women seeking drug-induced abortions that the procedure can be reversed.

The committee approved each bill 8-5 Thursday. Republican Chuck Wichgers voted with Democrats against each one. He said the bills don’t go far enough and he knows Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will veto them.

A full Assembly vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

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