Wisconsin Family Action supports the 3 bills the State Assembly Moved Forward
MADISON — “We moved the pro-life, pro-liberty ball forward yesterday in Wisconsin,” says Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.
The State Assembly yesterday passed three bills that Wisconsin Family Action supported. Among the bills was Senate Bill 206, known as Sonya’s Law. This bill requires that a woman seeking an abortion in Wisconsin have an ultrasound prior to the abortion.
Appling explains, “Sonya’s Law is about making sure women in a crisis situation are fully informed about the baby they are carrying before they take the final step in what is nearly always an irreversible decision.”
An unofficial survey of various places around Wisconsin that offer free ultrasounds to pregnant women shows that an abdominal ultrasound is readily available.
Senate Bill was authored by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Representative Pat Strachota (R-West Bend) and passed on party line votes in both the Senate and the Assembly. The bill is awaiting gubernatorial action.
The Assembly also took up Assembly Bill 216 or the “Conscience bill,” authored by Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) and Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend). This bill restores religious freedom protection for certain religious institutions that want to provide insurance coverage that does not include abortion and/or contraception. Current law requires any insurance company to provide an insurance plan that includes abortion and contraception, with no religious exemption. This bill also prohibits taxpayer funds from paying for abortions for state/public employees.
Assembly Bill 217, authored by Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) and Representative Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake) prohibits sex-selective abortions in Wisconsin, meaning a woman cannot have an abortion simply because she is not happy with the sex of the baby.
Both Assembly Bill 216 and Assembly Bill 217 passed on party-line votes in the Assembly. The Senate has had public hearings on both bills, but neither bill has been scheduled for a vote.
“Anytime we protect human life and respect religious freedom in our state legislature, it’s a good day for Wisconsin,” noted Appling.