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Wis. Lawmakers Consider Abortion Coverage Restrictions for State Workers

Wis. Lawmakers Consider Abortion Coverage Restrictions for State Workers Photo: WDIO-TV file

April 19, 2017 06:23 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Opposition to a Republican-backed bill that would prohibit Wisconsin state health insurance from covering abortions for state workers is growing.

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The Wisconsin Medical Society and groups fighting domestic abuse and sexual assault registered Wednesday in opposition to the measure as the Assembly Health Committee held a hearing on the measure.

Three anti-abortion groups are supporting the Republican-backed bill.

Bill sponsor Rep. Andre Jacque says that the measure he's sponsoring doesn't prevent state employees from obtaining an abortion, they just couldn't use their state health insurance to pay for it.

Opponents argue that the ban amounted to politicians making medical decisions for women because it creates a roadblock for some people getting an abortion.

Eleven other states have similar laws.


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