Wisconsin governor implements intense 20-week abortion ban
This week, Wisconsin governor and 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker signed a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother's life is in danger.
Meanwhile, the legislation doesn't make any exceptions for victims or rape and incest or severe fetal anomalies.
Although Walker supports the abortion legislation because fetuses can "feel pain" at 20 weeks, the mainstream medical community has disputed this assertion.
"At five months, that's the time when that unborn child can feel pain," Walker said on Monday. "When an unborn child can feel pain, we should be protecting that child."
While abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy are very rare -- making up less than one percent of all abortions -- it is important to note that women who seek abortions at that point are dealing with severe fetal anomalies that couldn't be detected earlier in the pregnancy. As mentioned before, those women are disregarded in this law.
Walker's passing of this law has created huge backlash in Wisconsin, with several of the state's major medical groups opposing the 20-week abortion ban. A group of 100 gynecologists even wrote a letter to Walker and state legislature members asking them to oppose the bill.
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