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Exceptions to Wisconsin abortion law suggested by Republican majority in legislature



Republican lawmakers in Madison are proposing changes in the state’s abortion ban, which would allow for some exceptions.  They’re suggesting changes that would permit abortions in cases of incest, rape, and for the mother’s health. 

Democratic state rep Steve Doyle of Onalaska thinks the two parties will stick to their usual positions if the changes come to a vote.

FILE PHOTO: Wisconsin state Rep. Steve Doyle

“I would say the chances of it passing are good, because the Republicans seem to be all behind it,” Doyle says, “and then I think that the chances of it getting vetoed by the governor are about a hundred per cent.”

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the new idea shows that Republicans are “willing to be reasonable.

Doyle, of the 94th District, expects all the Republican lawmakers to support the idea, and all the Democrats, including himself, to oppose it.  He says that would include Governor Tony Evers.

“He doesn’t want to have an abortion law that says abortion is illegal except for rape, incest, and life of the mother,” Doyle tells WIZM. “He wants it to be basically the Roe vs. Wade version of things, which this proposal does not do.”

Democratic Senator Kelda Roys describes the GOP plan as a “Hail Mary” move, aimed at getting voters to elect conservative Dan Kelly to the state Supreme Court next month.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. nick

    March 16, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    Liberal and conservative constitutional scholars have stated throughout the years that Roe was made up and has.
    The Governor wants all rights restored so a woman could abort at any time for any reason.
    Go into labor, change your mind and want to abort- no problem.
    This party supposedly protects the powerless, the weak and ones needing help.
    Total horsehockey. I would have loved to use different language
    We have greatly diminished life.

  2. Tom

    March 22, 2023 at 8:44 pm

    Why not get what you can while you can instead of rejecting moving the ball in your direction? Oh. Never mind, some certain people on a certain side of an aisle have a hard tome with logic.

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