An Act to Prohibit Abortions After 15 Weeks of Pregnancy

Madalynn Ritger is a Nelson Assembly representative and her bill is to prohibit abortions after 15 weeks of the pregnancy. Currently, the law is that the woman has to meet with a counselor and a physician before she can have the abortion and is required to wait at least 24 hours after meeting with the counselor and physician before the abortion can be carried out. Also in Wisconsin, the abortion can not be performed after 24 weeks of pregnancy. Madalynn’s new proposition is that the woman will still need to see a counselor and a physician and wait the 24 hours, but the abortion can not take place after 15 weeks. Her reasoning for the change in the amount of time is that the unborn child can feel pain after 16 weeks into the pregnancy. She says that the bill she is proposing the baby would not feel the abortion, therefore would not experience any pain. If Wisconsin still kept these times for abortion, the baby would experience insufferable, unbearable pain during the abortion. The bill would not need any financing, but the penalty would be for the establishment that performs the abortion, for 100,000 dollars.

Madalynn’s bill was debated today, but it was not passed. Her motivation to write this bill was that abortion is “kind of a hot topic right now” and there was just the March for Life in Washington D.C. This bill really means a lot to her because her mom had a miscarriage and she feels that it wasn’t fair. Some of the most interesting things that Madalynn had learned while doing research for her bill was all the statistics about the child in the womb. Things like the child’s heartbeat, how early the child develops pain receptors, and how the child functions. After this bill was debated, Madalynn learned that she should get more reliable sources and get more sources as well for her information. Also, that she should make things more clear to the audience so that they can understand the point that she is trying to relay. Had her bill passed, she felt it would have been a stepping stone to stop abortion completely.

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