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Fetal research ban authors try to persuade Senate committee

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The authors of a bill that would outlaw research on tissue from fetuses aborted are trying to persuade the state Senate's health committee to approve the proposal.

Sen. Duey Stroebel and Rep. Andre Jacque, both Republicans, told the committee during a public hearing Tuesday that the bill will stop atrocities and aborted children should be treated like humans, not specimens.

Dr. Robert Goldman, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's vice chancellor of medical affairs, told the panel that the bill would be devastating to researchers and drive them to other states. He also said the measure won't reduce the number of abortions.

The bill is ready for a vote in the Assembly but it's unclear how much support the proposal has among Senate Republicans, who are concerned the measure's effect on research.

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