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UPDATE: Wis. Senate debates bill requiring ultrasound

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Senate Democrats have used a procedural move to delay a final vote on passing a bill that would require physicians to provide or arrange an ultrasound for women seeking abortions.

Democrats opposed the measure during debate Tuesday. The bill will return to the Republican-controlled Senate the next time it is in session, likely next week.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Sen. Mary Lazich. It would require doctors to perform or arrange for the ultrasound, except in a medical emergency or cases where the pregnancy is caused by sexual assault or incest.

Doctors would have to show the ultrasound image to the woman and provide a thorough description of the fetus' features.

The Assembly is scheduled to take up the bill on Thursday.

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