Wisconsin Disabled Woman’s Pregnancy Similar to Florida Case

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 6, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Wisconsin Disabled Woman’s Pregnancy Similar to Florida Case

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 6, 2003

Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) — A woman with mental disabilities living at a state-run home is pregnant and may have been the victim of rape. The situation is similar to a Florida case that caused national controversy when pro-life Gov Jeb Bush (R-FL) sought to appoint a guardian for the unborn child.

Detective Vicki Anderson said police don’t have any suspects yet.

Police say the pregnancy was discovered last week when the woman developed medical complications and was taken to a local hospital. The unborn child is six weeks old.

Madison police spokeswoman Laura Walker said officials are trying to determine who had access to the woman during the few months.

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family services is investigating the case.

The woman lives at the Central Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled in Madison where many of the 350 residents are unable to care for themselves. A former worker at the home was convicted in 1996 of mistreating several patients.

No word has been given by athorities as to what decisions will be made concerning the woman’s pregtnany.