Wisconsin Moves to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks
The Wisconsin Senate voted yesterday to ban all abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The vote passed 19-14 along party lines, with Republicans constituting the majority. Governor Scott Walker, a likely presidential candidate, commented that he will sign the bill if and when it reaches his desk.
"I believe that at 5 months, when an unborn child can feel pain according to many people who testified and commented on this, that's an appropriate time not only for people like me who are pro-life, but I think many other Americans think that's a reasonable position," Walker told reporters Saturday during a stop in Iowa as he prepares his run for the presidency.
The House, which is also Republican-led, has yet to decide whether to take up the bill in June or wait until the fall. Wisconsin would become the fifteenth state to pass such a ban.
This legislative move comes on the heels of a pro-life victory in Texas, in which the same 20-week abortion restriction was upheld by a federal court, along with tighter restrictions on abortion clinics. Similar bans in other states had previously been blocked.
Supreme Court precedent allows for states to restrict abortions during the gestational period where babies become viable. Wisconsin legislators have defended this bill on viability grounds, as well as on the basis of fetal pain capability: Continue Reading>>>Here