Senator promises ‘all out hell’ on abortion bills
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Democratic state senator is promising “all out hell” when the Senate debates a pair of anti-abortion bills as expected on Tuesday. Sen. Jon Erpenbach, of Middleton, made the comment Thursday after the Senate Health Committee voted 3-2 along party lines on a pair of abortion-related measures. Erpenbach most strongly objected to one proposal that would disallow health insurance plans for public employees to cover contraceptives prescribed to prevent pregnancies. They would still be allowed for other uses. Erpenbach says that gives employers too much weight in the medical decisions of its employees. But Julaine Appling, president of anti-abortion group Wisconsin Family Action, says the duty of whether to cover contraceptives or not rests with insurance companies. She says Erpenbach is just using a stall tactic to block the bill.
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