Anti-abortion bills scheduled for public hearing

Bill would make abortions harder to get and more expensive

A state legislative panel is scheduled to hear a couple of bills on Wednesday that would make it harder and more expensive to get an abortion in Wisconsin

The Republican-backed proposals would prohibit the use of public money to pay for abortion coverage in public employees’ health insurance plans, relieve certain religious organizations and employers from having to provide coverage for contraceptive pills, and ban abortion for gender selection.

Abortion-rights groups in Wisconsin said the new proposals are just “the tip of the iceberg,” as anti-abortion activists continue to push for restrictions on abortions and their funding.

Other states also are seeing an increase in anti-abortion legislation. North Dakota and Arkansas this year enacted some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws.