Wisconsin’s ‘ultrasound’ debate

It was like old times at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison today when senators abruptly cut off debate and passed a bill requiring ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion.

The Senate had debated the bill yesterday but resumed this morning.

“It became popular in the ’60s,” Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) said. “It became the thing to do. You know, you almost had to get one to be a woman.”

That set the sparks flying.

Democrats said Republicans were trampling on democracy.

“My first advice to the majority leader is that he seeks psychological help,” Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) said at a news conference after the vote.

The bill now goes to the assembly. Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll sign it.

The legislation is known as “Sonia’s law,” named for a woman who allegedly was thinking about having an abortion, saw an ad at a bus shelter for ultrasounds, had one, and decided to have the baby, according to Wisconsin Right to Life.

  • X.A. Smith

    Can you help me out with the pronouns? “It became popular in the ’60s.” I assume she’s referring to abortion? Hard to say for sure because it is so far from reality…

  • MrE85

    One can almost hear the sound of women rushing over to the Democratic ticket. And they wonder why there is a gender gap.

  • Kassie

    I hope the State of Wisconsin is also paying for those mandated ultrasounds. Maybe they would better reach their goals if they required that abortions cost a million dollars. They would still be legal, just impossible to get.