The debate over partial birth abortion comes to the Capitol.
A legislative committee is being asked to update Wisconsin's law against so-called partial birth abortions. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the existing ban conflicts with federal law. In an opinion requested by Republican leaders last year, Van Hollen states the current law on the books in unenforceable, and would likely be unconstitutional if ever challenged in court.
The proposal received a Capitol hearing on Thursday. Chris Taylor with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin says the measure is not needed because of the existing federal ban.
State Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) says a Wisconsin version is needed so violations can be pursued at the state level, and in the event the federal ban is ever struck down. Ott also rejected calls from Democrats to amend the bill, so it provides an exception for the health of a mother. The federal ban only allows the procedure if the life of a woman is at risk.
The proposal is currently being considered by a legislative committee.