Assembly set to approve anti-abortion bills

Anti-abortion bills are designed to create more steps before a woman can have the procedure

The Wisconsin Assembly is set to pass a trio of Republican bills designed to discourage women from obtaining abortions and making the procedures more difficult to obtain.

One bill would require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound. The technician would have to display an image of the fetus as well as describe its size, any visible internal organs or external features. The state Senate passed the measure Wednesday.

Another bill would prohibit the use of public money to cover abortions in public employees’ health insurance plans and exempt religious organizations from having to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.

The third bill would prohibit abortions based solely on whether the fetus is male or female.

The Assembly is expected to vote on all three proposals Thursday.