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Anti-abortion bills come up for committee vote today

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A Wisconsin Senate committee is scheduled to vote today on a pair of anti-abortion bills which passed the Assembly earlier this year. One bill would ban abortions sought only because the parents didn't want the baby's gender. The other measure would ban tax money to pay for abortions in public employee health insurance. The same bill would also exempt religious groups from having to provide insurance for contraceptives.

At an Assembly hearing earlier this year, De Pere Republican Andre Jacque said he did not consider elective abortions as health care -- and he contraceptives are fine as long as taxpayers are not involved.

If the bills are endorsed today, the full Senate could take them up next Tuesday. Senate approval would send the measures to Governor Scott Walker, who says he supports them.