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Wisconsin Senate to take up 20-week abortion ban bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Senate is set to pass a bill that would ban non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The Republican-controlled Senate was set to vote on the measure Tuesday. The Senate Health Committee last week approved it on a 3-2 vote, with Republicans in favor and Democrats against.

The bill's supporters say a 20-week-old fetus can feel pain and shouldn't be subject to abortion procedures.

Opponents contend that a fetus can't experience pain until after the third trimester begins at 27 weeks.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hasn't said yet when the Assembly will take up the measure.

Gov. Scott Walker has said he would sign the bill.


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