June 17, 2013 — The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved a bill (SB 206) that contains several abortion restrictions and sent it to Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is expected to sign it into law, Reuters reports.
The bill would require a woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before the procedure (O'Brien, Reuters, 6/14). It also would require the doctor or individual performing the ultrasound to try to detect the fetal heartbeat, as well as describe the size, location and number of fetuses and any body parts or organs that are visible. The woman would not be required to look at the ultrasound images or heartbeat monitor, and the bill would not apply in cases of rape, incest or emergencies.
In addition, the bill would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away (Women's Health Policy Report, 6/13).
Earlier last week, the Assembly approved a bill (AB 216) that would restrict health insurance coverage of abortion and contraception in the state.
According to Reuters, the bill would prohibit the use of public funds for abortion coverage in public employees' health plans. It also would allow religious organizations to refuse to cover contraception in their employees' health plans (Reuters, 6/14).