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Public hearing Tuesday on 20-week abortion ban

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A public hearing has been set on a fast-tracked Republican proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The joint hearing announced Wednesday is scheduled for Tuesday before Assembly and Senate health committees.

The bill was introduced last week and its sponsors have said they want to pass it before debate on the state budget begins later in June. Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign it into law.

Under the bill, doctors who perform an abortion after 20 weeks in non-emergency situations could be charged with a felony and subject to up to a $10,000 in fines or 3 1/2 years in prison. The bill doesn't provide an exception for pregnancies conceived from rape or incest.

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