Wisconsin Senate passes bill requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortionsRepublicans abruptly shut off debate before a dramatic vote approving a bill that would require women seeking an abortion first have an ultrasound performed.
By: Scott Bauer, Associated Press
MADISON — Republicans abruptly shut off debate before a dramatic vote approving a bill that would require women seeking an abortion first have an ultrasound performed.
The bill passed today as Democratic senators tried in vain to be recognized to speak. Republican Senate President Mike Ellis repeatedly banged his gavel and yelled that they were out of order.
The bill passed, 17-15, with all Republicans in support and Democrats against.
Only two senators were able to speak today before Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald cut off debate after about 30 minutes.
Democratic Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says the bill's intent is to close down clinics that provide abortions in Wisconsin.
Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Mary Lazich gave an impassioned defense of the measure, saying it was a small step that would protect women.
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