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Senate passes new abortion requirements bill


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin senators have approved a bill that puts more requirements on doctors before they perform abortions.

Democrats blocked a vote on the measure Tuesday. But Majority Republicans passed it Wednesday morning on a 17-15 party line vote.

Wisconsin Right to Life hailed passage of the bill, which requires that doctors give physical exams to abortion candidates. Doctors must also be in the same room when prescribing drugs that induce abortions -- prohibiting such actions by Webcams.

The bill's opponents say Wisconsin doctors don't use Webcams in their consultations.

Doctors would also be required to speak with women 24 hours before the procedures, and make sure they're not being coerced into abortions.

Senate Republican Mary Lazich of New Berlin said the bill ensures that women don't get sub-standard care.

But Conover Democrat Jim Holperin said the measure tramples on individual liberties. The State Medical Society opposes the bill for that reason.

It now goes to the Assembly.