(AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he will sign a measure that’s quickly working its way through the Republican-controlled Legislature that would require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound.
The Senate debated the measure Tuesday, a week after it was introduced, but Democrats used a procedural move to delay a vote until Wednesday morning. The Assembly hoped to take it up Thursday.
While Democrats were able to temporarily hold up the bill, they don’t have the votes to kill it.
Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, said the proposal is intended to “tell women they can’t think or make decision on their own.”
Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, added the Legislature would interfere in physicians’ medical decisions by mandating ultrasounds.
“All of a sudden the Senate is full of doctors.” he joked.
The support from Walker, a longtime abortion opponent, was no surprise.