State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
Senator Mary Lazich (R- New Berlin) released the following statements following the Wisconsin State Senate’s approval of Senate Bill 206 (SB 206), Sonya’s Law.
SB 206 strengthens the informed consent law by requiring that a pregnant woman obtain an ultrasound prior to an abortion being performed or induced. The physician to perform the abortion must perform the ultrasound or provide a list of facilities that provide ultrasounds without cost.
Sonya is a hard-working mother of two and learned during November 2012 that she was expecting her third child. While considering abortion, Sonya took advantage of a free ultrasound after seeing an ad on a bus. Sonya saw her seven week old son via ultrasound pictures and instantly knew she would carry the boy to term and love him forever. Sonya’s Law ensures women in Wisconsin have the same opportunity as Sonya, securing their right to make fully informed decisions about their pregnancy.
Considering the gravity of the decision to have an abortion, it is only right that a pregnant woman is fully informed about her child prior to abortion. Far too many women regret their abortion and suffer years of abortion trauma. This legislation allows women to take advantage of readily available technology to provide them knowledge before undergoing a life and death decision.
The various transducers and techniques available for the ultrasound will be explained to the woman and she will be able to select the option she prefers. The National Abortion Federation’s manual provides “proper use of ultrasound can inform clinical decision-making and enhance the safety and efficiency of abortion care.”
SB 206 guarantees a woman’s access to emergency medical attention in case of an emergency, by requiring facilities to have physicians with admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion. Physicians without hospital permitting privileges should send up a red flag about health care safety.
Delaying care during an emergency can be a matter of life and death. Requiring admitting privileges ensures women will receive adequate medical attention in the event of an emergency.
Sonya’s law, ensures all women receive at least a minimal level of healthcare.
SB 206 passed the State Senate with a 17-15 vote. Sonya’s law now is in the State Assembly for action.