The state Assembly is set to take up a bill that would ban non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Floor debate is expected to begin Thursday morning. The Senate passed the bill in June. Assembly approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker. The governor has said he would sign the bill.
Under the proposal, doctors who perform a non-emergency abortion after 20 weeks could be punished by up to $10,000 in fines and 3 1/2 years in prison. The bill doesn't provide exceptions for pregnancies resulting from sexual assault or incest.
The bill's Republican supporters argue fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, however, says evidence suggests that's not possible until the third trimester begins at 27 weeks.