Walker to sign 20-week abortion ban Monday

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled Monday to sign a bill banning abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.

A schedule released by Walker's office on Sunday shows the bill is among four Walker plans to sign Monday in Oshkosh. Walker, a longtime abortion opponent, has said he would sign the proposed 20-week ban on non-emergency abortions.

Walker announced his candidacy for president last week. He announced last month that he supports a 20-week abortion ban, after avoiding the issue during his re-election campaign last year.

While some doctors say fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says evidence suggests that's not possible until the third trimester begins at 27 weeks.


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