Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signs abortion bill requiring ultrasound

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(CNN) – Wisconsin became the latest state Friday to legislate tighter abortion laws after Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a controversial bill that requires women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion.

"This bill improves a woman's ability to make an informed choice that will protect her physical and mental health now and in the future," the governor's office said in a statement.

The law requires medical providers to display the ultrasound images “so that the pregnant woman may view them” before she undergoes a procedure. She must be given a medical description of the images, as well as the dimensions of the fetus and a description of external features or internal organs that are present. The woman also must be provided a means to see any heartbeat, according to the law.

The bill, which passed the Republican-controlled Legislature in June, also places stricter standards on abortion clinics by prohibiting doctors without admitting privileges at local hospitals from performing abortions.

Pregnancies that result from rape or incest are excluded from the requirements.

According to the law, the ultrasound provision lets women choose between transvaginal and abdominal ultrasounds.

Isn't that kind of them?

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  • mellowjohn

    were i in the wisconsin legislature, i'd *love* to introduce a bill requiring scott walker ("the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin" –Charlie Pierce) to have his next digital rectal exam performed using all five fingers.