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Pro-Life group wants four new abortion laws passed

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's largest pro-life group hopes the Republican-controlled state legislature will once again help further its cause in 2013.

Wisconsin Right To Life successfully lobbied for two abortion-related laws in the last legislative session and is already promoting four additional pro-life bills for next spring.

In an e-mail newsletter to its members, Wisconsin Right To Life shared its legislative goals for 2013 which includes a bill that would require a woman seeking an abortion to view an ultrasound of her fetus.

The other proposals would bar public employees from using state health insurance plans to pay for abortions, and ban all abortions that would cause pain to the fetus or would be performed based on the sex of the child.

"Its apparent that in some of our immigrant communities, sex selection abortions are taking place and young girls...they're lives are being terminated really before they even start," said Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend).

Sen. Grothman said he would likely support those bills, but he's not sure they will ever come to a vote.

"I'd be surprised if even one percent of the bills passed this session have to do with a pro-life issue," said Sen. Grothman, claiming that the economy will instead by the focus.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he will urge the legislature to focus on jobs, education, government reform and transportation infrastructure.

"Those aren't included in our priorities and those presumably, if they come up at all, will come up later in the legislative cycle," said Gov. Walker of the WRTL proposals.

"I think voters sent a really clear message at the polls in early November that they want the focus on jobs and the economy and those were the issues that voters were identifying as their concerns,"  said Jenni Dye, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin.

Dye said her concerns about most of the WRTL proposals is that they wouldn't allow for any individual exceptions.

"We just don't want politicians who don't know what a particular woman and a particular family is going through in making that choice for her." said Dye.

But Sen. Grothman admits, while its unlikely all of those bills will be introduced, those that are could become law.

"Virtually every Republican legislator fills out questionnaires saying they're pro-life, so I don't see how, if you're pro-life, you could vote against any of these bills," said Sen. Grothman.

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