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Wisconsin Senate unlikely to vote on abortion bills

 Wisconsin Senate unlikely to vote on abortion bills
Posted December 30th, 2013 @ 12:23pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ It appears unlikely the Wisconsin state Senate will vote next year on a pair of anti-abortion bills that were originally scheduled to be taken up in November.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he didn't know if there is enough support among Republicans to bring the bills back. He tells The Associated Press in an interview that Republicans feel like they are ``spinning our wheels'' by passing abortion bills that get tied up in court.

One of the pending bills would prohibit public workers' health insurance plans from covering abortions and exempt religious organizations from providing insurance coverage for contraceptives. The other would ban abortions based on whether the fetus is male or female, also known as sex selection.

The Assembly passed both bills in June.

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