Wis. Sen. Mary Lazich on abortions: In the '60s, "you needed to get one to become a woman" [VIDEO]

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Be glad she lives on the other side of the St. Croix.
Last week, Wisconsin lawmakers approved legislation forcing women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound before going through with a procedure to terminate their pregnancy. Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill into law.

RELATED: Women can no longer get non-surgical abortions in Wisconsin

The bill makes exceptions for pregnancies that are the result of rape or sexual abuse, but could require women who are less than 12 weeks pregnant to subject themselves to a transvaginal probe. And the legislature's "debate" spawned two memorable videos that encapsulate just how worked up abortion opponents got about the issue.

Moments before the bill was approved in the Senate in a 17-15 party-line vote, Senate President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, angrily shouted down Democrats, pounding his gavel so hard that he actually broke the damn thing.

"You're interrupting a roll call and that will not be tolerated, sit down!" Ellis yelled at one Democrat. Here's the video:



That incident immediately followed an outrageous, highly emotional speech by Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin. Lazich claimed without substantiation that "a vast majority of women regret" having abortions.

"They killed their child and they made a horrific decision and they regret it and wish they never would have done it," she said. "It became popular in the '60s, and it was almost the thing to do --  you needed to get one of them to become a woman. And now look what those women have to go through, when they hit menopause, when they get to be about 40. It's a severe, severe attack on their mental health and on their physical health."

Here's the footage of her speech, with the quoted portion beginning around five minutes in:



The heated abortion debate occurred just days after the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia concluded that Wisconsin's economic outlook is the second grimmest of all states in the nation. Apparently, the Republican-controlled legislature there still believes focusing on social issues is a winning political strategy headed into next year's election cycle.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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