Overview: Legislation to provide a baby with the opportunity for his mother to see him through ultrasound before his mother makes a choice about how to proceed with her pregnancy.
Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Representative Pat Strachota (R-West Bend), the authors of Sonya's Law, want every baby to have the opportunity for his mother to see him through ultrasound and experience his heartbeat before she makes a decision about her pregnancy. In addition, this legislation will require that an abortionist have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. Wisconsin Right to Life was the lead organization promoting Sonya's Law.
Current Status: Sonya's Law passed through both chambers of the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker on July 5, 2013.
As expected, Sonya's Law (now known as Wisconsin Act 37) is facing a federal court challenge by its opponents. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Affliliated Medical Services and Wisconsin ACLU are challenging the "Admitting Privilege" provision in the law.
As a result, this provision is under a temporary injunction by the court. The ultrasound provision of the law, however, is in full effect.
The court will be holding a trial on the "Admitting Privilege" provision portion of the law on November 25, 2013. We will keep you informed as new information becomes available.
How they voted on this legislation: To find out how State Senators voted on Sonya's Law, click on https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/votes/senate/sv0100
To find out how Assembly Representatives voted on Sonya's Law, click on https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/votes/assembly/av0135
If you are not sure who your State Senator or Assembly Representative is or how to contact them, click on http://www.wrtl.org/find.html
Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Analysis: Read the analysis here.
More documents related to Sonya's Law:
Sonya's Story - Legislative Anaysis
Sao & Kou's Story
Wisconsin Right to Life Public Testimony / Public Statements: Public hearings on Sonya's Law were held in June, 2013 at the state capitol.
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Link to actual text of legislation: Coming soon.
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