Committee Approves Ban on Using State Money for Abortions

6/5/11 – The Republican-controlled budget committee voted Friday to ban using state money to pay for abortions at the Madison Surgery Center. It is operated by the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. No abortions are done at the facility, leading Democratic state Representative Tamara Grigsby to call the move, quoting here, “a waste of time and stupid.” Current state already bans state money to be used on abortions, but the Friday vote added the Authority to that prohibition. Exceptions are allowed to save the life or health of the mother, or in cases of assault or incest.