MADISON, Wis. - The state Assembly has passed a so-called "born alive" anti-abortion bill that would require physicians care for babies who survive abortion attempts or face prison.
The chamber passed the Republican-authored measure 62-35 on Wednesday, sending it on to the state Senate. GOP leaders in that house expect to vote on the bill next month. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has already promised to veto the proposal.
Opponents say babies are almost never born alive after failed abortion attempts and in the rare instances when they are, doctors are ethically bound to try and keep them alive.
Democratic state Rep. Debra Kolste accused Republicans of basing the bill on "false facts and false premises" during the floor debate on the bill. The bill's chief sponsor, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, says he just wants to assure that there's proper care for children who survive abortions.
COPYRIGHT 2019 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS MATERIAL MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, REWRITTEN OR REDISTRIBUTED.