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Republicans urge Evers to sign abortion bills he opposes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers and abortion opponents are calling on Gov. Tony Evers to sign four abortion bills he has promised to veto.

Supporters of the proposals held a rally in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday. Abortion-rights advocates dressed as characters from “The Handmaids Tale” held signs in opposition and watched from a balcony above.

Republican legislative leaders signed copies of the bills, which passed earlier this month. That step is a formality typically done in private, one that results in bills being sent to the governor.

Evers’ spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff says he remains committed to vetoing the proposals.

One bill would impose criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the extremely rare circumstance where a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt.

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