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Fights Over Abortion Legislation In N.H., Wisconsin

The New Hampshire Senate is expected to weigh a half dozen abortion bills later this week, including one that would cut off taxpayer funding to clinics and others that perform elective abortions, according to media reports.  In Wisconsin, meanwhile, some women's groups and doctors oppose a law that prompted Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to suspend nonsurgical abortions.

The Associated Press/Boston Globe: N.H. Senate Will Vote On Abortion Bills
The New Hampshire Senate is taking up a half-dozen abortion bills Wednesday, including one that could jeopardize the state’s federal funding for its Medicaid program. The bill would cut off taxpayer funding to hospitals, clinics, and others who perform elective abortions, although an amendment proposes exempting hospitals. That would end funding to six Planned Parenthood of Northern New England centers and several other rural clinics (Love, 4/24).

Wisconsin Public Radio: Groups Voice Opposition To New Abortion Laws
Groups representing women and doctors are expressing their opposition to a law which has prompted Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to suspend non-surgical abortions. The clinics in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton have indefinitely suspended abortions using medication that can only be administered by a doctor. Surgical abortions will continue. The law took effect Friday (4/20) and requires patients to make three separate visits to the same doctor after inducing abortion by pill (Mills, 4/23). 

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