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State Senator: Republicans may not have "stomach" to pass anti-abortion bills

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - You might see Republicans around the country bring a halt to the 170 anti-abortion bills they’ve passed in Wisconsin and the 29 other states they control.

At the national governors’ meeting in Milwaukee Friday, Wisconsin Senate Republican Glenn Grothman said lawmakers, “might not have the stomach” to pass another strong clampdown.

Badger State Republicans just passed a bill to shut down abortions in many areas by forcing clinic doctors to get hospital admitting privileges – something Planned Parenthood says is almost impossible. That bill, and others around the country, are being challenged in the courts.

Grothman, one of the Senate’s strongest abortion opponents, called the new law the biggest abortion bill in Wisconsin in 15 years.

One media report says Republicans in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and other swing states are worried about turning off women and young voters – who favor abortion rights by large margins.

Those states have passed abortion laws which are not nearly as tough as those in a dozen southern and western states – which banned abortions after a certain number of weeks of pregnancy.