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Proposed bill would treat aborted fetuses like humans after death

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state lawmaker says aborted fetuses should be treated like human beings after they die.

Assembly Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay is proposing a bill in which abortion doctors would have to arrange for burials, cremations, or medical donations for fetuses at least 10 weeks old.

Bies said Michigan passed a similar law after an abortion doctor there was caught throwing fetuses in the trash.

Bies told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he does not know of any such cases in Wisconsin. He did not believe the doctor mandate would add much more to the cost of abortions.

Bies also said at least some women might be discouraged to get abortions if they were forced to consider their babies’ deaths in human terms. However, the bill does not require the patient to be informed or consulted about the disposal arrangements, so the mothers do not have undue burdens placed on them.

Assembly leadership did not say whether the bill would be added to the fall calendar.

It’s the latest in a series of anti-abortion bills proposed by state Republicans. Both houses have passed a bill requiring abortion candidates to get ultrasounds, and to make abortion doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals.

Governor Scott Walker has promised to sign the measure, which critics say would force the Planned Parenthood Clinic at Appleton to close because it does not have doctors with hospital admitting privileges.