Walker says he’ll sign abortion bill

Senate expected to vote on bill Tuesday
Walker says he’ll sign abortion bill

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will sign a bill requiring physicians to perform or arrange ultrasounds for women seeking abortions if the Legislature passes it.

The Senate was expected to vote on the bill Tuesday. It would then go to the Assembly.

The bill would require doctors to show the ultrasound image to the woman and describe the fetus’ features.

Walker says he supports the bill and believes “most people think ultrasounds are just fine.”

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin has said it would close its abortion facility in Appleton if the bill became law. Another provision requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where an abortion would be performed. Planned Parenthood said its doctors in Appleton can’t meet that requirement.