MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate Democrat promises quote, "all out hell" if the Republican majority tries to approve a pair of anti-abortion bills in Tuesday's session.
Jon Erpenbach of Middleton made the remark to an AP reporter after the Senate Health Committee endorsed both bills this morning.
On a 3-to-2 party line vote, with Republicans voting yes, the panel recommended proposals to ban abortions based solely on an unborn child's gender -- and banning abortion from the health coverage of public employee groups. That second bill would also exempt religious organizations from having their insurance pay to provide contraceptives.
However, an employee could get contraceptives insured if they're used for reasons other than pregnancy.
Erpenbach said bosses have no business granting or denying contraceptives for their female employees. After the hearing, Erpenbach called it government intrusion that's "shocking."
Julaine Appling of the Wisconsin Family Action group said Erpenbach was being disingenuous -- she said the decision on covering contraceptives would be left to insurers, not employers.
The Assembly endorsed the employer contraceptive measure in its final approval of the bill recently.
Erpenbach wants a public hearing on the provision, but Appling called it a "stall tactic."
The Senate will be asked to give final legislative approval of both bills Tuesday.
Governor Scott Walker has said he would sign them if they get to his desk.